Republican businessman Harris Brown from Monroe, La. said he will run for Rep. Vance McAllister’s Louisiana Congressional District 5 seat in November.
As reported, Brown is 48 years old and has never held or ran for political office before. However, he is currently serving as a trustee in a volunteer leadership role for the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana and has been involved on the local level in the past, serving as the president of the Tensas Basin Levee District board and as a member of the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District board.
“This district has unique concerns and special needs that my background gives me the experience to address,” Brown, a principal in an oil and gas company, said in a statement. “My experience in flood control and conservation has put me in front of a wide range of personalities from all walks of life and who sometimes have differing points of view.”
“The 5th District is best served by a credible and proven leader whose past experience shows the ability to build a consensus between those who may disagree,” Brown said. “I spent my youth working this land, farming and earning my living from the timber and row crops that our fertile Delta provides.
“I know the value of a hard-earned dollar and what it truly means to be conservative, but just as important is that I know the people of this district and they have confidence in my voice.”
Brown is not the only candidate in the race to replace McAllister, who said he will not be running for re-election after he was caught making out with his Monroe district staffer. Republican and former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley of Alexandria said he is eyeing the seat, as well as Boyce Libertarian Clay Grant.
This article was modified to make clear that Brown is not the Director of the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana.