State Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma, is running for the state Senate in District 20.

Baldone is challenging state Sen. Norby Chabert, also of Houma, who last year switched from Democrat to Republican.

The election is Oct. 22.

Baldone, who was first elected to his House seat in 2001, is a lawyer and businessman who graduated from Nicholls State University and the Southern University Law Center.

In his roles on the House commerce, criminal justice and ways and means committees, Baldone touted his efforts to boost economic development, cut taxes and toughen criminal penalties on sex offenses and DWIs.

“We need more small-business owners in the Legislature who understand about sticking to their guns and putting economic development first,” Baldone stated.

“When I was first elected, I vowed to work with honesty, integrity and effectiveness for our community,” Baldone continued. “Since then, we have been through hurricanes and environmental disasters, but I remain steadfast in the belief that we will persevere.”

Baldone also touted local projects in his district through his role in securing funds for the Morganza to the Gulf, the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow, the Larose-to-Golden Meadow hurricane protection project, the Ward 7 and Dulac levee, the Bayou Lafourche dredging project, the Timbalier and Whiskey Island restoration and the Lake Merchant marsh restoration.

Baldone stated he has worked to protect Nicholls State University and to fully fund public schools and boost teacher pay.