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Hobbyist joins race for Senate

hollis.jpgNumismatics is not the issue, but a numismatist believes he is the man for the job of being the next U.S. senator from Louisiana.

On May 12 dealer Paul Hollis, 36, of Mandeville, La., was expected to announced his quest for the Republican Party?s Senate nomination.

Serving on his campaign committee are prominent numismatists John Albanese, Jeff Garrett, Paul Montgomery and Douglas Winter. 

Hollis began collecting coins at the age of 6 after receiving a Peace dollar from his grandmother.

Millions of viewers have watched him on air when he hosted ?The Coin Vault? television program on the Shop at Home network.

He also worked as chief numismatist at Blanchard and Company in New Orleans. 

A political science graduate of Louisiana State University, Hollis is the owner of Paul Hollis Rare Coins in Mandeville.

Hollis is the son of former Louisiana State Sen. Ken Hollis of Metairie and says he is a fiscal and social conservative who will run to the right of the only other announced Republican candidate, State Treasurer John Kennedy, a former Democrat.

The Louisiana primary is Sept. 18. The winner will face Sen. Mary Landrieu in the general election Nov. 4. 

For additional information, visit www.HollisForSenate.com.

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