Aug. 24, 2011 07:56

The Opelousas Daily World reported Wednesday that former state Sen. Don Cravins Sr., now the mayor of Opelousas, will challenge Sen. Elbert Guillory for his former seat in the Legislature.

The Opelousas Daily World reported Wednesday that former state Sen. Don Cravins Sr., now the mayor of Opelousas, will challenge Sen. Elbert Guillory for his former seat in the Legislature.

The newspaper reported that Cravins said on his Sunday radio show that he was "99 percent" certain he would run for the District 24 Senate seat. On Tuesday, he told the paper he was definitely running. Both Cravins and Guillory are Democrats.

Cravins was replaced in the Senate by his son, Don Cravins Jr., in 2006 after the elder Cravins was elected mayor of Opelousas. When Cravins Jr. resigned three years later to accept a position with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in D.C., his mother and Cravins Sr.'s wife, Patricia, vied to keep the seat in the family. She was defeated in a 2009 runoff by Guillory, who got 62 percent of the vote.

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