13 April 2009

joe mcpherson drops out of louisiana public service commission dist #4 race


Monday, April 13, 2009, 02:53 PM

State Senator Joe McPherson announced today that based on family and business considerations, along with a need to prepare for a legislative session that begins in two weeks, he has decided to end his campaign for the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

McPherson finished only 648 votes from the lead in the April 4th primary to fill the unexpired term for the 4th District seat of the PSC. A runoff had been set for May 2nd.

“After closely examining the primary results, I was convinced that we could run a competitive campaign,” McPherson said. “However, with the realization that turnout will be exceptionally low, I concluded that in order to win an election that will take place so quickly, I would literally need to campaign full-time. With family and business commitments, as well as the rapid approach of what I believe will be one of the most important legislative sessions in our state’s history…one that will require my full attention, I simply could not do that.”

“I want to thank all of the voters and supporters who placed their faith in me,” said McPherson. “My decision to end this campaign does not end my long-time commitment to Louisiana consumers and I will continue to speak out on their behalf.”

McPherson represents the 29th State Senate district, which encompasses most of Rapides Parish. The 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature convenes at noon on Monday, April 27th.

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