Lawyer joins race for Congress

Cassie Felder, a Baton Rouge tax attorney and political newcomer, is the 6th Congressional District seat.
Cassie Felder, a Baton Rouge tax attorney and political newcomer, is the 6th Congressional District seat.

Baton Rouge tax lawyer and political newcomer Cassie Felder said Thursday she will be a candidate for the congressional 6th District seat in this fall’s election.

Felder’s statement of candidacy stresses her knowledge of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal tax code and a desire to change it.

“I support returning power to state and local government where people have more control and say about their communities. Reforming tax policy is the first step in decentralizing government. I believe we need to cut tax rates, streamline the tax code and minimize the role and reach of the IRS,” Felder continued. “From the emerging high tech industry, to our solid seafood economy and thriving energy sector, we have to fight the Obama administration’s attempts to block our path to prosperity by overregulating and overtaxing entrepreneurs.”

Felder also said she would push for repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act as well as focus on removing impediments to strong economic growth across the district.

Felder, 39, has lived in south Louisiana nearly her entire life. She was raised in Hammond, studied and has lived in New Orleans. She spent a year at Boston University School of Law in advanced tax law studies after graduating from Tulane Law School.

Felder is running as a Republican and her candidacy announcement had been expected.

The 6th District seat is being vacated after 2014 because Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is running for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

The only candidates who have filed federal candidacy paperwork so far are Felder; state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge; Baton Rouge business owner Paul Dietzel II, a Republican; and LaPlace real estate broker Richard Dean Lieberman, a Democrat.

First-term East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Ryan Heck, a Republican, also has announced his plans to run, although he has not yet filed his paperwork.

After several close races, the district was redrawn in 2011 to lean favorably towards a Republican candidate. At the beginning of the month, the secretary of state counted 484,609 registered voters, 74 percent of whom are white.

Based in south Baton Rouge, the district also includes all or part of East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Lafourche, St Charles, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne and West Baton Rouge parishes.

Felder is a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber where she’s on its Small Business Council and the Louisiana Bar Association. She is also a recent member of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Class. Felder sits on the Board of Directors for both Catholic Charities and Abundant Living. She and her husband, Matt, own and operate Full House Title Company and Cassie Felder and Associates Law Firm.

For more information about Felder’s campaign for Congress, log onto: www.cassiefelder.com.