State Senator Cleo Fields says he will ask supporters to drop further challenges to court rulings that he has reached his term limits and cannot run for re-election.
Black lawmakers and civil rights groups have said they would ask federal judges to overturn the 6-1 decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Fields, a black Democrat from Baton Rouge, also said he doesn’t want anyone challenging the eligibility of state Representative Wayne Waddell, a white Republican from Shreveport who was unopposed in his fourth election bid.
Like Fields, Waddell has served two full terms after a mid-term special election to fill a vacancy. Nobody challenged his candidacy.
The Louisiana Constitution limits lawmakers to three consecutive four-year terms in each house of the Legislature. Lawmakers elected to fill unexpired terms are term-limited if they have served more than two-and-a-half terms.
Fields says that the Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of the law but instead looked only at the specifics of his situation.