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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