Gretna City Councilman Joe Marino will run for the District 85 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives during a special election being held August 6.

The seat is being vacated by Rep. Bryan Adams, R-Gretna, who is stepping down to become assistant state fire marshal.

Marino, 49, is a registered Independent has been in private practice as an attorney for 24 years in Gretna.

He is a lifelong resident of District 85 having lived in Terrytown, Bellemeade and currently in the City of Gretna.

He was elected to the Gretna City Council in 2013.

“I consider it an honor to serve the City of Gretna as councilman and I look forward to putting the same level of energy and enthusiasm towards representing all of District 85,” Marino said in a written statement. “I’ve studied and learned the political process and I understand how important it is to have a representative in the legislature, working to secure funding for West Bank improvement projects and provide the district members a voice in state government.”

Marino served twice as President of the Jefferson Bar Association and is a certified law enforcement instructor for the Gretna, Kenner and Westwego police academies.

Adams announced his departure in May, a day after Metairie-based Rep. Joe Lopinto, said he would step down to become the attorney for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Adams and Lopinto, also a Republican, crossed party lines to support John Bel Edwards for governor in the runoff in November and then voted for the failed Speaker of the House candidacy of Rep. Walt Leger in January.

Both said their departures were not consequences of having crossed party lines.