BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A familiar face in Baton Rouge is now running for the U.S. Senate. Gary Chambers is challenging Republican incumbent John Kennedy for his U.S. Senate seat. 

Chambers is the second Democrat to get in the race to take on Sen. Kennedy. He also ran for federal office a year ago,  just narrowly missing the runoff for House District seat 2. Only 1% short, Chambers lost the bid for the House seat to Rep. Troy Carter.

“We’ve learned something from that experience, we’ve built momentum, we had thousands of people sign up to volunteer, thousands of donors from around the country,” Chambers said.

Chambers said he is not simply running against Kennedy, but is working to bring what he calls meaningful change to Louisiana to bring it off the bottom of multiple standards lists. In recent years, he has been an advocate for changes in the justice system and minority equality. He’s taken special focus on north Baton Rouge.

“I am running for the people in forgotten communities like north Baton Rouge and other areas in rural north Louisiana that believe that the government isn’t listening to them,” Chambers said.

Chambers will also be going up against Luke Mixon, a Bunkie democrat, who announced his campaign in October. He said he differs in a lot of ways from the first time politician.

“I have been publicly in the community advocating for these changes for nearly a decade now.”

That advocacy helped Chambers go viral at a public meeting that gained national attention. He had over 15,000 donors for his congressional race and is hopeful to pick back up on that traction.

Chambers said his campaign issues include passing economic aid for the people of Louisiana like the Build Back Better Act and guaranteeing the voting rights of all US Citizens through voting reform initiatives.

Sen. Kennedy has already announced his intentions to run for re-election and has already been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. He recently touted already raising millions of dollars for his campaign.

Election day is Nov. 8.