Voters in New Orleans heading to the polls Saturday will consider sending an openly gay candidate to the Louisiana Statehouse for the first time.

Thomas Robichaux is among the six candidates vying for the House seat vacated by Karen Carter Peterson when she ascended to the state Senate.

The candidates are campaigning to represent District 93, a racially mixed district that includes portions of New Orleans' Garden District, Central Business District and the French Quarter. The fairly liberal and mostly Democratic-leaning district also includes the lion's share of the city's gay and gay-friendly bars, restaurants and lodgings.

Robichaux first gained local notoriety in 2008 when he became the first openly gay member of the Orleans Parish School Board. Having adopted a son out of the foster care system, he calls reforming the state's educational system and championing the foster care system his first priorities.

The city's gay and lesbian community has rallied to Robichaux's side, turning the 41-year-old into something of a cause celeb. If elected, Robichaux would make history as Louisiana's first openly gay state representative.

Robichaux has been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly gay elected officials.