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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 19, 2005
CONTACT: BRENDA HODGE
SENATE OFFICE OF
COMMUNICATION
PHONE: 225-342-9737

SENATE PRESIDENT HINES SETS DATES
FOR SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL DISTRICT 6 SEAT

QUALIFYING TO BEGIN APRIL 27TH

Louisiana Senate President Don Hines issued a proclamation calling a special election to fill the District 6 Senate seat left vacant by the sudden death of former Senator John Hainkel last week. The primary election is set for Saturday, June 4, 2005, with the general election scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2005. Qualifying for the District 6 seat begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 27th and ends at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29th.

"Senator Hainkelís death has left a void in more ways than one as the countless memorials and remembrances have noted. It is our obligation now to move forward and to make sure that his seat in the senate is filled as quickly as possible," Senate President Hines said. "While the seat is vacant, the senate will continue to staff and operate the district offices to make sure constituent needs are served."

Senator Hainkel began his service in the Louisiana Legislature with his 1968 election to the House of Representatives. He held that position for 20 years, and served as Speaker of the House from 1980-1984. The voters in uptown New Orleans elected him to the state Senate, where he served from 1988 until his death. Senate members elected him president of the Senate in 2000, a position he held until 2004. He is the only legislator in Louisiana history to hold the leadership position in both houses.

District 6 includes parts of uptown New Orleans and Metairie, and stretches across Lake Pontchartrain to encompass Mandeville and Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish, and Ponchatoula and parts of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish.

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