Communications business owner Robert Cade Cipriano announced Thursday he will challenge state Rep. Steve Carter’s re-election to the Baton Rouge-based House District 68 seat.
Carter is chairman of the House Education Committee. He is seeking a third term in the House in fall elections.
Cipriano cited the disconnect between many elected officials and their constituents on issues such as Common Core education standards and the recently-adopted $700 million in tax increases as his “motivation for entering the race.”
“… our current representative has time and again chosen to prop up the political status quo, pursuing policies his constituents reject and pushing a reckless tax and spend approach that undermines economic growth and threatens the future of our state,” Cipriano wrote about Carter.
Cipriano, like Carter, is a Republican.
A native of Baton Rouge, the 28-year-old Cipriano is making his first run for public office. But he said he has been involved in politics in the past as digital communications director and then deputy campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao of New Orleans.
Cipriano has a B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans and a master’s of mass communications from LSU.