Rob Anderson is Considering Running for the Recently Vacated District 35 Seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives

Picture courtesy of Rob Anderson for Louisiana

It has been a crazy year, with a pandemic, recession, hurricanes, and an onslaught of important elections. The newest will occur at the beginning of 2021 for the recently vacated District 35 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. 

The speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Clay Schexnayder, issued a proclamation today recognizing the vacancy and calling for a special election to be held. 

Qualifying will occur on January 6-8, giving possible candidates a month to decide if they want to run. The primary election for the position will be held on February 6th, 2021 while the general election will occur on March 20th, 2021.

Stephen Dwight, who previously occupied the position, resigned on December 1st since he will soon take on a new position as the District Attorney. 

Calcasieu Clerk of Court Lynn Jones commented, “It won’t be a parish wide election thank goodness. This will mostly be the areas of Westlake, Moss Bluff, Gillis and I think 1 or 2 precincts in Lake Charles. There are about 26,000 registered voters in State Rep District 35.”

In response to the proclamation, Rob Anderson tweeted “So the State Rep in my District just resigned, and there’s a special election coming up in January.” followed by eyeball emojis. 

He then tweeted a fairly entertaining gif of superman ripping off his shirt and the comment, “Dusting off my boxing gloves.”

Famous for his liberal views and active Twitter, Rob Anderson has amassed a huge Twitter following of 117,000 people. Although he’s extremely popular on the web, he isn’t quite as popular in his district. 

Rob Anderson recently ran a race against Clay Higgins for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives, however, he lost in a landslide. Higgins secured 68% of the vote while Braylon Harris received 18% and Rob Anderson received only 12%.

In response to Rob voicing his interest in running for the vacated seat, one follower tweeted at him, questioning his chances of winning because of his District’s demographics, while recognizing that he does have a loyal following, the money, and experience. In response, Rob shot back, “The key would be GOTV – reach every Democrat/Independent in district, hammer them with reminders to vote, and lots of phone banking/texting/I could raise more money than anyone local.”

Update: We reached out to Ron Anderson for comment after initial publication. He informed us the content is accurate, indicating that he really is speculating running for State Representative District 35. 

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