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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rep. Julie Stokes to run for Louisiana Secretary of State

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:21 AM

click to enlarge Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, testifies during the 2017 special legislative session on the House floor. - PHOTO BY SARAH GAMARD
  • PHOTO BY SARAH GAMARD
  • Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, testifies during the 2017 special legislative session on the House floor.

State Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, has announced plans to run for Louisiana Secretary of State in a fall election to replace the office held by Tom Schedler, who resigned this month following allegations and reports of sexual harassment. Schedler's interim replacement is Kyle Ardoin, who was sworn in last week. Stokes is the first announced candidate in the race.

Stokes halted plans to run for state treasurer in 2017 after she announced her breast cancer diagnosis. (She announced earlier this year that she now is cancer-free.) She has held her seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2013.

In a campaign announcement video, Stokes says she's running to "protect the integrity of our elections, and to defend it from illegal voters and cyber attacks, because good government never flows from corrupt elections."

Here's her announcement statement:
“With the blessings and encouragement of family, friends, constituents, and doctors, I am announcing my candidacy to become our next Secretary of State. I have tremendous respect for the proud history of this office, its role in protecting the integrity of our election system, and the service it provides to entrepreneurs. I will strive to improve upon what I can, remove the obstacles that drag the office back, restore morale across the entire department, and ensure that our elections are fair, honest, secure, and carried out with professionalism. Being a CPA, small business owner, and reform-minded legislator, I am prepared for this challenge and expect to take this office to new heights for the citizens of Louisiana.”

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