UL alumnus and current State Representative Page Cortez announced his candidacy today for Louisiana State Senate, District 23, formerly held by alumnus Mike Michot which was vacated per term limit laws.  The primary election will be held on October 22, 2011 and the general election on November 19, 2011.

Page, a native and life-long resident of Lafayette, will complete his first term as State Representative this year.  "The experience in the legislative process as State Representative of District 43 and working closely with our local delegation has prepared me to serve in the Louisiana State Senate.  It has been a pleasure to serve my constituents, and I am very grateful for the opportunity given me to be their voice in Baton Rouge."

As District 43 Representative, Cortez served the citizens of south Lafayette, Broussard and Youngsville. City-Parish President Joey Durel commented, “The Acadiana Legislative Delegation is as strong as I’ve ever seen it, in part because of the efforts of Legislators like Page. His experience is invaluable to the people of Acadiana.” Mayor Wilson Viator of Youngsville said, “Much of the growth of Youngsville would not be possible without the leadership and efforts of Page.” Mayor Charles Langlinais of Broussard added, “Mike Michot is leaving large shoes to fill. Page has the experience to fill those shoes.”

Cortez said his decision to seek election to the State Senate was made after much thought, prayer and discussion with his family and members of the delegation. “Making a commitment to the State of Louisiana as a Senator requires the full support of my family, which I have. I am humbled by the support shown by the local delegation and have learned during the last four years that being an effective legislator requires having the support and respect of your peers in Baton Rouge.” 

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