The pool of candidates seeking an open seat on the state's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission, has gotten smaller.
Republican candidate Ed Roy, a private investigator and former TV and radio weatherman from Lafayette, said Friday that he has withdrawn from the race. He said he dropped out of the contest because of difficulties raising enough money to run a competitive campaign.
Five other candidates remain in the race for the south central Louisiana seat left open by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field.
Among the candidates for the Nov. 6 election are former Jindal administration official Scott Angelle, a Republican; Republican state Rep. Erich Ponti; Forest Wright, a utility regulatory consultant and Democrat; Greg Gaubert, an innkeeper with no party affiliation; and Sarah Holliday, a Republican.