USA Today reports:
Julia Letlow, the widow of U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, will run for the 5th Congressional District seat her husband was unable to fill because of his COVID-19 death Dec. 29.
“Everything in my life and in my marriage has prepared me for this moment,” she said in a statement. “My motivation is the passion Luke and I both shared: to better this region that we called home and to leave it a better place for our children and future generations.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special election on March 20 to fill the seat, which came open after former Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, didn’t seek reelection to honor a three-term limit pledge.
Julia Letlow, the widow of U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, will run for the 5th Congressional District seat her husband was unable to fill because of his COVID-19 death Dec. 29.https://t.co/BmCD3j8JRk
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 14, 2021
I am proud to endorse Julia Letlow for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. The loss of my friend Luke Letlow just days before he was to be sworn in has been nothing short of devastating. Like many have said, Luke represented what is best about public service —
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScaliseGOP) January 14, 2021
Widow of Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow to run for his vacant seat https://t.co/XpQ8E25V95 pic.twitter.com/nKiZRHsQXX
— The Hill (@thehill) January 14, 2021