Weighing in on a race for a state senate seat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond on Monday endorsed state Rep. Ed Price over fellow Democrat Warren Harang III.
"This is a critical time for the state of Louisiana and we need someone with experience and a steady hand," Richmond, D-New Orleans, said in a prepared statement released by the Price campaign. His congressional district overlaps the River Parishes-based state Senate District 2.
The two Democrats, Rep. Price, of Gonzales, and Harang, a sugar cane farmer from Donaldsonville, meet in a May 27 runoff to replace Troy Brown, who stepped down earlier this year after his colleagues were preparing to oust him for pleading no contest in two separate incidents involving violent attacks on women.
"The voters are responding positively to our message of economic opportunity, raising the minimum wage and supporting equal pay for women,” Price said. “The only way to move our state forward is to ensure that every member of our community has a quality education and a good paying job."
Price serves on the House Commerce Committee, Labor Committee, as the Vice-Chairman of the House Education Committee, and as the Vice-Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He received 3,334 votes or 22 percent of the total cast in an April 29 special election involving 13 candidates.
Harang, whose father was once mayor of Thibodaux, was the top vote-getter with 27 percent, or 4,001 votes, according to the Secretary of State.
Senate District 2 covers portions of Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John and West Baton Rouge Parishes. Fifty-seven percent of the 72,849 registered voters in the district are African American and 65 percent are Democrats.