A longtime public servant, House of Representatives candidate Ted James, of Baton Rouge, says the newly created District 101 represents a chance for change.

“The communities that make up this unique district are posed for progress,” said James, who is running as a Democrat.

“District 101 is truly a land of opportunity, and we must seize it,” James said in his announcement. “Whether it’s fostering economic development along the new Greenwell Springs-Airline District, improving the quality of public education at our local schools, providing greater access to affordable housing and health care, we can build a better future right here. As state representative, I will help you reach that potential.”

A lawyer who has worked in public policy in state government, James is familiar with the State Capitol. He worked toward Louisiana’s recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita by joining the administration of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

James then served as staff attorney for the Louisiana House and then he became special counsel to the secretary of the state Department of Revenue.

“I have seen the good that can happen in the Capitol, and I know how to get results,” James said. “I sincerely believe in the power of a government that listens to its citizenry and responds with action.”

The 101st House District is new to Baton Rouge, having been added during the recent remap to account for growth in population. The district, 79 percent of whose residents are black, stretches east from about Airline Highway to North Flannery Road and from Greenwell Street south to South Harrell’s Ferry Road. It includes Merrydale, Monticello and parts of the Sherwood Forest neighborhoods.

A Baton Rouge native, James is a graduate of McKinley Senior High, Southern University and the Southern University Law Center. He was named one of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” and “Top 20 Power Players under 40” by the NAACP.