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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 12, 2005
CONTACT: BRENDA HODGE
SENATE OFFICE OF
COMMUNICATION
PHONE: 225-342-9737

SENATE PRESIDENT HINES SETS DATES
FOR SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL DISTRICT 3 SEAT

QUALIFYING TO BEGIN APRIL 18TH

Louisiana Senate President Don Hines issued a proclamation calling a special election to fill the District 3 Senate seat vacated by former District 3 State Senator Lambert Boissiere, who was recently elected Constable, 1st City Court New Orleans. The primary election is set for Saturday, May 21, 2005, with the general election scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2005. Qualifying for the District 3 seat begins at 8 a.m. Monday, April 18th and ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20th.

"With the regular legislative session set to begin in just a couple of weeks, we moved as quickly as possible within the legal and logistical constraints surrounding a special election to set the qualifying and election dates," Senate President Hines said. "While the seat is vacant, the senate will continue to staff and operate the district 15 offices to make sure constituent needs are served."

Senator Boissiere began his service in the Louisiana Senate in 1999, after winning a special election to replace Dennis Bagneris, now a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge. Prior to that, Senator Boissiere served as a New Orleans City Councilman.

"We will certainly miss Lambertís dedication to his constituents and his hard work to address the important issues facing us in the state legislature. All of us in the Senate wish him well in his new post," Senator Hines said.

Senator Boissiereís resignation from the Louisiana Senate is effective today. District 3 runs from the New Orleans lakefront to Marrero and includes parts of Algiers Point, Gretna and Harvey.

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