Widow of Louisiana congressman-elect qualifies for election

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (AP) — Julia Letlow, the widow of Republican United States (US) Representative-elect Luke Letlow, described herself as “both full of grief while also having hope for the future” as she registered on Thursday to compete for the congressional seat her husband was unable to fill because of his death from COVID-19 complications.

After filing her paperwork for the March 20 election, Julia Letlow faced reporters at the same podium where she stood with her husband six months earlier when he signed up for his bid to represent northeast and central Louisiana.

This time, she stood alone.

She pledged to continue Luke Letlow’s vision for the fifth District, defended her own accomplishments and talked of the respect for public service she shared with her husband and wanted to pass along to their two young children.

Julia Letlow, widow of Republican US Representative-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the fifth District seat in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. PHOTO: AP