BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A special election will be held in November to fill a newly-vacant Louisiana state Senate seat.
Republican Sen. Jonathan "JP" Perry of Kaplan won a vacant seat on Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeal when no one signed up to run against him last week during the candidate registration period.
Perry will resign from his Senate seat on Dec. 9 and take his new judgeship on Jan. 1.
Senate President John Alario announced Friday that he'll call the election to fill the Senate seat to coincide with the already scheduled Nov. 6 statewide election. Qualifying for the election will be held Aug. 8-10.
Perry has held the Senate seat representing Vermilion Parish and parts of Acadia, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes since March 2011 after winning a special election.