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Gary Chambers to challenge John Kennedy for U.S. Senate

By: - January 11, 2022 9:28 am

Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers announced Tuesday through social media that he will challenge incumbent John Kennedy for a seat representing Louisiana in the U.S. Senate.

Chambers, a Democrat, narrowly missed a runoff in last year’s race for the 2nd Congressional District. He endorsed second-place finisher Karen Carter Peterson, who lost the general election to fellow state senator Troy Carter.

“Louisiana has been last long enough,” Chambers said in a Facebook post. “It’s time for new leadership in Washington D.C. that will prioritize working class people.”

Chambers first rose to prominence two years ago when he called out an East Baton Rouge School Board member for online shopping while members were hearing debate over the renaming of Robert E. Lee High School

Chambers is the second announced Democratic candidate to challenge Kennedy, a Republican. Luke Mixon, a commercial airline pilot from Baton Rouge, entered the race in October.

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Greg LaRose
Greg LaRose

Greg LaRose has covered news for more than 30 years in Louisiana. Before coming to the Louisiana Illuminator, he was the chief investigative reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans. He previously led the government and politics team for The Times-Picayune |, and was editor in chief at New Orleans CityBusiness. Greg's other career stops include Tiger Rag, South Baton Rouge Journal, the Covington News Banner, Louisiana Radio Network and multiple radio stations.