On July 9, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo officially announced his bid for the upcoming Fifth Congressional District race in both Monroe and Alexandria. The initial election will be held on November 4, 2014. As of July 9, Mayo is the only Democrat in the race.

Mayo has served as mayor for the past 13 years and released this statement when he announced his decision to run.

“I am running for the 5th Congressional District seat to specifically help improve the quality of life of people in the district," Mayo said. "During my administration in Monroe, we have attained the best fiscal condition in the city’s history with a $14 million fund balance and an A+ bond rating...If elected, I will work to create the same environment in the 5th Congressional District to build on our strengths as well as tackle the challenges, such as healthcare, education, housing and other issues, that have contributed to our district being one of the poorest in the country..."

Currently five Republican candidates are in the race: the incumbent Vance McAllister, Ed Tarpley, Harris Brown, Ralph Abraham and Zach Dasher.

Republican Candidate notes:

Vance McAllister (R) currently serves the 5th Congressional District and was elected in a special election last November. After footage of McAllister kissing a staffer appeared online, he initially stated he would not seek reelection but on June 30 he announced that he consulted with his wife and family and would run again.

Ed Tarpley (R) served as District Attorney of Grant Parish and spent six years (1991 to 1997) in public service according to his bio. He has worked in the private sector for the past 17 years and has a solo practice in Alexandria.

Harris Brown (R) is a Monroe businessman listed on Linkedin as the owner of Brownland Corporation and as a past president of the Tensas Basin Levee District Board. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy's Louisiana Program as Vice Chairman according to the organization's website.

Ralph Abraham (R) is a physician and, according to his Ralph Abraham for Congress Facebook profile, is a general family practitioner in Mangham as well as an aviation medical examiner and a certified flight instructor.

Zack Dasher (R) is a businessman, and his campaign biography states that he has a background in healthcare, real estate and non-profit fundraising. He has a degree in business administration from Harding University.

If a single candidate receives 50 percent or more of the vote in the November 4 election, that candidate wins the seat. If this does not occur, a runoff general election is held which features the top two recipients of votes. The winner of the runoff then becomes the new representative.