COVID made them widows. Now, two women seek husbands’ House seats

If the deaths of two congressional-level Republicans after contracting coronavirus are grim markers of the virus’s toll, their two widows campaigning to take their place may be symbols of perseverance and renewal after the pandemic.

And as their special campaigns kick into gear during Women’s History Month, Julia Letlow and Susan Wright carry on a long tradition of widows stepping up to fill their husbands’ places in Congress, paving the way for women in politics while enduring crisis.

Letlow is running for Louisana’s 5th Congressional District seat after her 41-year-old husband Luke Letlow, who was a representative-elect for the seat, died in December
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