Gonzales lawyer and former assistant attorney general, Gail Holland, 46, of Burnside, said she will run for the open state House District 58 seat.

Holland, a Democrat who worked as a state Senate staff attorney in 2009 and 2010, said she will make education her top priority if elected in the Oct. 22 primary.

Incumbent Rep. Elton Aubert, D-Vacherie, was first elected to District 58 in 2007, but said last week he is running for the new Senate District 2 seat.

He said he is the only legislator who resides in the new district, which primarily follows along the Mississippi River.

Under reapportionment, House District 58 would drop Assumption and St. John the Baptist parishes, but retain portions of Iberville, Ascension and St. James parishes.

Holland was reared in Geismar for most of her childhood, which has been and remains in District 58, but her home in Pelican Point in Ascension was moved out of the district under reapportionment.

Holland said that under the law, she has a year to move back into District 58.

Before her more recent time as an assistant attorney general in the Gaming and Civil Rights divisions, Holland was an assistant district attorney from 2000 to 2004 in the 23rd Judicial District, which includes Ascension.