This Saturday, Jan. 22, voters in the Louisiana House District 101 (comprising Pines Village and much of eastern New Orleans) will go to the polls for a special election to replace former state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who was elected to the U.S. Congress in November. We recommend a vote for Wesley Bishop.

Bishop, a lawyer and associate vice-chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), has a wide background of community and political involvement, beginning as an aide to former Sen. John Breaux. He has served as a clerk in the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office and on the board of directors of the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Bishop says his priorities in the Legislature would include fighting for higher education and public health in a year when state deficits will require slashing the funding for both, and he advocates a measured return of public school control from the Recovery School District to the Orleans Parish School Board.

Bishop has been endorsed by virtually all of the Democratic leadership, including Mayor Mitch Landrieu; District E Councilman Jon Johnson; state senators Cynthia Willard-Lewis, J.P. Morrell, Ed Murray and Karen Carter Peterson; and state Reps. Austin Badon and Jared Brossett.

We join them in endorsing Wesley Bishop for state representative.