Former Superintendent of State Police Terry Landry 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.”