Zaine “The Queen” Kasem, 22, announced she is running for state Senate District 2 in the Oct. 22 primary.

“I am the only woman in this race,” Kasem said in a prepared statement. “But I feel that is my advantage and, as a woman, I possess the kind of critical problem-solving skills that are needed to break down barriers, build understanding, and create the best conditions for District 2 and our state of Louisiana.”

Kasem, who graduates from LSU in December, is judicial administrator for the 19th Judicial District, a licensed Realtor, a paralegal and a notary public. She is from St. Ganriel and is running as a Republican.

She said the future of Louisiana depends on jobs, education, workforce, health care, entrepreneurship, small businesses, economic development, energy resources, infrastructure, arts, research and innovation, image and quality of life for all residents.

“I know I have the proven leadership skills to fight for all of our beautiful people of District 2 and beautiful state,” Kasem stated.

“I will fight for your concerns. I have listened to your voices, your priorities and problems. I will be driven by your blessings, your voices and your votes which will help me serve you to the highest of public service.”

The 67,895 registered voters of District 2 live in Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and West Baton Rouge parishes. It includes communities of Brusly, Addis, Port Allen, Donaldsonville, Geismar, Plaquemine and north Thibodaux.

Fifty-five percent of the district’s voters are black and 71 percent are registered Democrats.

Kasem’s website address is http://www.zaineforsenate.com.