David Baria announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 on the Democratic ticket.

According to WLOX Channel 13, “Baria – a longtime Democratic state lawmaker and Coast attorney- currently serves as leader of the House Democratic Caucus in the Mississippi Legislature. He was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 2007. In 2011, he decided to run for the Mississippi House after his Senate district grew more heavily Republican.”

Mississippi Today notes that success for Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama may be driving more democrats to seek higher office in red states. “Baria told Mississippi Today earlier this week that he had consulted about a potential Senate bid with Jones, who offered to connect Baria to campaign staff from his 2017 campaign. Baria also said he has spoken with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, about a potential Senate bid.”

The Clarion-Ledger notes that David will be running against Howard Sherman in the Democratic primary; Sherman is an entrepreneur married to actress Sela Ward.