Ryan Trundle is a Shreveport environmental activist and father of two who has declared as a candidate for Congress in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District. Qualifying is July 18-20, but it appears that Trundle will be the sole challenger to freshman incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Johnson.
Johnson has made a name for himself as something of a religious extremist. He’s a leader in the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national group of lawyers who bring legal challenges against anti-discrimination laws based on concepts of religious freedom. Critics say the ADF and others are working to win legal protections for otherwise illegal activities.
Trundle, who was a 2016 Bernie Sanders delegate at the Democratic National Convention believes he can win the election by waging a vigorous grassroots campaign. The 4th District has a relatively large minority population (about 40 percent, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State). Shreveport/Bossier is the major population center in the district which extends into Evangeline and St. Landry parishes in the south.
This is one of those rare federal election cycles where only House races are on the ballot in Louisiana this year — no presidential election and no senators on the ballot. It happens once every 12 years.
With a lower than normal turnout expected (40 percent might be a high estimate), anything can happen. Trundle is working to be the beneficiary of a break if it comes his way.
Ryan Trundle talks about his environmentalism, the district, and the campaign he’ll wage in this interview which was recorded by phone on June 14.