BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The field of candidates has grown larger in the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana, as qualifying entered its second day.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a Democrat, became the fourth candidate to sign up for the Oct. 19 election, when he filed his registration paperwork Tuesday.

He joins Republican state Sen. Neil Riser and Democratic state Reps. Marcus Hunter and Robert Johnson in the race.

The candidate registration period runs until Wednesday evening.

Congressman Rodney Alexander is resigning from the position next month to become veterans secretary in Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

The 5th District covers all or part of 24 parishes across northeast Louisiana, through much of central Louisiana and including all the areas that run along the Mississippi state line.

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