Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso announced plans Monday to run for District 66 in the state House of Representatives, a seat now held by Rep. Hunter Greene.
Greene, term-limited in the legislature, is running for Baton Rouge family court judge. If he wins the judicial seat this November, Greene would leave his state office a year early making way for a special election.
Amoroso said if Greene wins, it leaves little time to campaign, which is why he said he wanted to make his run for the legislature official this week.
“I’m actively raising money; I have my Facebook page, I have to be ready because it could be a short race,” he said.
If Greene loses the judicial seat, then the election to fill his spot in the state house would not take place until fall 2015.
Amoroso, whose background is in real estate, is a first-term councilman, who won election unopposed in 2012. Amoroso has been one of the more conservative voices on the council, taking vocal positions against a controversial ordinance to ban discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, tax increment financing projects and a proposal to prevent guns in City Hall.
A founding member of the local conservative anti-tax group Taxbusters, Amoroso is a former member of the parish Republican Party’s executive committee.
Amoroso was also one of the first council members to publicly back the effort to create the proposed City of St. George.
Amoroso’s council district includes both the City of Baton Rouge and areas of St. George. However, much of the legislative district he is seeking covers the boundaries of St. George.
Amoroso is one of a handful of local officials actively seeking higher office.
Councilman Trae Welch is running for 19th District Court Judge against long-time incumbent Mike Erwin
Mayor-President Kip Holden, who is term-limited, has also announced that he is running for lieutenant governor in fall 2015.