By Jeff Palermo
Kenner Representative Julie Stokes has bowed out of the State Treasurer's race because of cancer. Stokes announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and faces at least five months of chemotherapy. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says Stokes is a highly regarded and respected state lawmaker.
"Especially on fiscal issues," Dubos said. "She is one of the few CPAs as well as a business owner. She has taken the lead on some of the most challenging and difficult fiscal questions."
Stokes was set to qualify for the State Treasurer's race next week. Dubos says the Republican was considered one of the favorites to win.
"Julie's exit from the race may in fact open up an opportunity for someone else from metro New Orleans to get in the race or from Acadiana," Dubos said.
Former state legislator John Schroder from Covington and Columbia Senator Neil Riser have been campaigning for John Kennedy's old job. Former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis might also run. Dubos expects a very competitive race.
Stokes says she hopes to be fully recovered by the time of the 2018 legislative session begins next spring.