Former Superintendent of State Police Terry Landry has announced his candidacy for the state House District 96 seat in the Oct. 22 primary election.

“The people of this district need a voice in Baton Rouge to champion their interests, not the special interests whose voices are already well represented in Baton Rouge,” Landry said in a written campaign announcement.

“I am running to ensure that, as a state, we invest in our children and honor the work of our seniors who provided us the opportunities we have today.”

Landry, a Democrat from Lafayette, is a law enforcement veteran who served as superintendent of state police from 2000 to 2004.

House District 96 is a newly created minority district that includes portions of Lafayette, St. Martin and Iberia parishes.

“This district is tailor made for me,” Landry said in his announcement.

“I live in Lafayette but am originally from New Iberia. I attended Jonas Henderson High School and graduated from New Iberia Senior High School. My relatives are from St. Martin Parish.”