BATON ROUGE — A Shreveport city councilman says he will run for the 4th Congressional District seat representing northwest Louisiana.

Oliver Jenkins, a Republican oil and gas businessman and retired Marine pilot, announced Monday he’ll be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Jenkins tells The News-Star the district needs a congressman committed to serve long-term, to help build up seniority and influence in Congress. He says his leadership skills from the military would allow him to help build consensus on issues.

The councilman is one of several Republican contenders in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Republican John Fleming, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Already announced candidates include former state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas, Shreveport cardiologist Trey Baucum and state Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City.