When it comes to the prospective candidates of District 67 race, they both say they’re not going down without a fight.
Leah Cullins is an assistant professor at Southern University and an HIV nurse practitioner. Larry Selders is the executive director of a mental health and substance abuse clinic.
Both are Democrats and say because of their life experiences they believe they have what it takes to win during the run-off election.
“If I can arise and get out of [tough] situations and make a way for my family and be a role model to other women and men, as well from the community, then [people] can as well,” Cullins said.
“I’ll advocate for them because I’m for the people not the politics,” Selders said.
During the primary election both had a large voter turnout. Selders took the lead with more than 2,600 votes and Cullins received a tad more than 2,000 votes.
Though Cullins had fewer votes she says she believes she should win because she constantly gives back to the community.
“I’ve been giving back [since] day one,” Cullins said. “When a lot of people got their [college] degrees and move[d] away to make more money, I decided to stay [home] and contribute and [give] back to the community.”
Selders says he believes he can help fight for the people because of his mental health background.
“Every time you look up it’s always mental health on the chopping block,” he said. “I feel like we need someone on the legislature that’s [going to] advocate for those districts.”
Both candidates say they have faith that the people of their district will pick the best candidate for the job.
Voters wishing to cast their ballots early can do so starting Saturday and continuing through Nov. 9, except on Sunday. Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at parish registrar of voters offices or other designated locations.