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Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, answers questions about her HB-75 during the Special Legislative Session in the House Monday. HB-75 sought to change the rates and brackets for purposes of calculating individual income tax liability and eliminate certain deductions. The Special Session ends at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Louisiana residents across the state are wearing pink Wednesday in honor of state Rep. Julie Stokes who last week dropped out of the race for state treasurer and announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Candidates heading to qualify for upcoming local and state elections wore pink attire and ribbons; the legislative staff took a group photo in pink boas and leis; at least one state senator donned a hot pink hard hat during an event.

Supporters are also encouraging people to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Stokes' honor.

Stokes, a Kenner Republican who has been in the state House since 2013, was ramping up her state-wide campaign when she announced she has Stage 2 cancer and is beginning at least 5 months of chemotherapy treatment.

Several of her would-be opponents in the treasurer's race were among those wearing pink on Wednesday.

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