State Rep. Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday he is running for city-parish president next year, confirming a candidacy that has long been expected.

Robideaux, a Republican, had said as early as 2012 that he had an interest in the seat, which will be open because three-term City-Parish President Joey Durel is barred from seeking re-election.

City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley has already confirmed his plans to run for his boss’s job.

Robideaux, who chairs the powerful House committee that oversees taxes in Louisiana, was first elected to the Louisiana House in a 2004 special election, replacing Jerry Luke LeBlanc, who had stepped down to become commissioner of administration under Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

Robideaux represents District 45, which covers much of Lafayette Parish.

Robideaux said in an announcement Wednesday that he is kicking off his campaign with what he called a “Working Together Listening Tour.”

“I look forward to listening to and learning from the people of Lafayette Parish,” Robideaux said.

He said his experience as a certified public accountant in Lafayette for the past 24 years gives him valuable insight for the job of city-parish president.

“This work has given me the opportunity to better understand the day-to-day challenges facing our local families and businesses,” Robideaux said.

Initially, Robideaux had no party affiliation but joined the Republicans prior to running for re-election in 2007.

He is considered a pro-business legislator and drafted legislation to make the state’s retirement systems more financially sound.

Robideaux, who turns 52 on Sunday, is married to the former Bobette Murtagh and they have three boys — Dylan, Brennan, and Luke.

His wife teaches school at Our Lady of Fatima School.