Julia Letlow, the widow of Louisiana GOP Congressman-elect Luke Letlow who tragically died from COVID-19 complications in December before he could take office, is running for his seat, she announced Thursday.
The mom-of-two announced her candidacy in a statement where she explained she was “running to continue the mission Luke started — to stand up for our Christian values, to fight for our rural agricultural communities, and to deliver real results to move our state forward.”
“Luke and I have been best friends and a team for eight years, and we always believed that you have to work hard for your dreams and often that requires stepping out and taking a leap of faith,” she wrote.
“Everything in my life and in my marriage has prepared me for this moment. My motivation is the passion Luke and I both shared: to better this region that we called home and to leave it in a better place for our children and future generations.”
Luke Letlow, 41, died while battling COVID-19 on Dec. 29 — just days before he was due to take the oath of office.
The newly-elected Republican announced on Dec. 18 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantining at home but was hospitalized the next day and eventually transferred to the ICU.
A hospital official confirmed he suffered a heart attack following a procedure to remove blood clots caused by the respiratory disease.
Letlow won the Pelican State’s 5th District seat in a Dec. 5 runoff race and was set to be sworn into the 117th Congress on Jan. 3.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special election on March 20 to fill the seat. Julia Letlow will run on the Republican ticket.