Hoping to replace term-limited friend Mike Michot in the Louisiana Senate, state Rep. Page Cortez made official Tuesday morning his intention to seek the District 23 seat. Cortez made the announcement at Ema’s Restaurant surrounded by family and supporters. A furniture store owner by day, Cortez is completing his first term as the District 43 House representative for south Lafayette Parish.

So far, no other candidates have announced an intention to seek the seat. Cortez’s announcement, meanwhile, was not unexpected: The Republican lawmaker signalled his intention to go after the seat as early as last spring.

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