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Chet Traylor, a retired state Supreme Court justice and former Winnsboro resident who now lives in Monroe, has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
The Republican Party primary election is Aug. 28.
Traylor, who stepped down after 12 years on Louisiana's high court in May of 2009 and flirted with running for the seat soon afterward, qualified for the race Friday with only minutes to spare.
He said a barrage of recent telephone calls from supporters helped him make up his mind to stand against Vitter, who is running for his second term.
"I have been taking phone calls for people wanting me to reconsider, so I decided to do it," Traylor said. "I want Louisiana to have a conservative, Republican Senator."
Also contending for the GOP Senate nomination is Nick J. Accardo, a Franklin physician.
Foremost among his Democratic challengers is U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, who also faces an August primary election.
Melancon is running against fellow Democrats Neeson J. Chauvin Jr. and Cary J. Deaton for the nomination.
Candidates competing for the Libertarian nomination are Anthony Gentile of Madeville and Randall Todd Hayes of Atlanta.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, a Republican from Quitman, is defending his party's nomination for the 5th Congressional District against Monroe businessman Todd Slavant.
Statewide primary elections will be held on Oct. 2 and run-off elections, if needed, are scheduled for Nov. 2.
Municipal open primary elections will also be held on Oct. 2, with run-offs scheduled for Nov. 2.
Those who have qualified with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office for local elections and will face challenger in elections include: Charles Brass, Joe Lewis Jr. and Leodis Norman for the Franklin Parish Police Jury District 7 special election; Arnold Lain and Ann McIntyre for Winnsboro City Court; Gregory "Bubba" Brown, Bruce McCarthy and George Wilhite for Winnsboro City Marshal; Mike Ballard, Jean Simmons Clark and Harvey Guimbellot for Baskin mayor; Danny Barber and Dan Chase for Baskin police chief; Ty Britt and James Freeman for Gilbert police chief; Brandon "Cowboy" Bingham, Billy Cureington, Lloyd "Bull" Delaughter, Jacob W. Jones and Bobby Rushing for Wisner police chief; Kay Dunaway, Marcus L. Ezell, Randall "Randy" Lloyd and Stuart H. Roane for Winnsboro City Council.