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 Guillory Is Campaigning Again

BOBBY ARDOIN

Editor/Consulting Writer

Opelousas attorney Elbert Guillory has indicated he again plans to run for political office.

This time Guillory, 80, is announcing he intends to be a Republican candidate in November for the recent federal court and state legislature-approved U.S. Sixth Congressional District that also includes St. Landry Parish.

A Guillory campaign press release ran July 4 on the Citizens For A New Louisiana website in advance of the July 17-19 candidate qualifying date for the November election.

The Louisiana Legislature recently approved the creation of the Sixth District, which runs from Caddo to a portion of East Baton Rouge Parish.

So far Guillory is the only announced Republican running in a Congressional District which contains predominantly Democratic voters.

Other potential opponents for Guillory include Cleo Fields of Baton Rouge and Quentin Anderson, chairman of a Baton Rouge-based social justice non-profit, according to multiple sources.

The formation of the District of approximately 200 miles was mandated in 2022 by the federal courts which ruled that Louisiana should have at least one more District that reflects the state’s minority voting population.

District boundaries have since withstood court challenges and in June, state representatives approved the federally-designed map.

Republican Garrett Graves of Baton Rouge currently represents the Sixth Congressional District.

However Garves indicated recently during an interview with WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge that he will not run for reelection.

Graves said in the television interview which has been posted on the WAFB website, that running for reelection in 2024 “doesn’t make sense. It is evident that a run in any temporary district will cause actual permanent damage to Louisiana’s great representation in Congress,” Graves said.

The Guillory Campaigns 

Guillory was a candidate in 2023 for lieutenant governor. In 2016 he also ran unsuccessfully in the U.S. Congressional Fourth District now occupied by Speaker of The House Mike Johnson.

From 2009 until 2016 Guillory was a District 24 State Representative and from 2006-2009 in State Senatorial District 40.

In both of those terms of state office, Guillory ran as a Democrat.

Guillory announced in 2013 that he was switching parties and registered and campaigned as a Republican.

Throughout his candidacies and political office holding, Guillory has maintained his private law practice on East Landry Street in Opelousas.

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