Kenner Representative Julie Stokes announces she is not seeking re-election this fall.  Stokes was first elected to the House seat in 2013, and in 2017 ran for state treasurer, but pulled out of the race following a breast cancer diagnosis.  Stokes unsuccessfully ran for Secretary of State in 2018.  Now, she says she’ll be spending more time with family.

“I don’t like a lot of the pointless political fighting, it’s just not my scene.  When you take that and cancer and the statewide run, it’s just been a lot of fighting and I’m ready for a little peace,” said Stokes.

Of all of her legislative accomplishments, Stokes says her actions to help those afflicted with cancer are the most rewarding.

“Some of that stuff has been some of the best moments.  You know we ended step therapy for people with stage four metastatic cancer.  You know that’s a big deal,” said Stokes.

Stokes says she has great times in Baton Rouge and will not be a stranger around the Capital city.

“It’s been an honor, it’s been exciting, it’s been challenging, but the rewards have far outpaced the challenges,” said Stokes.