Politics is in full swing in preparation for the 2019 Louisiana Governor’s race. After Sen. John Kennedy (R) announced earlier in the week that he would not challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) next year, follow-up moves are beginning to be made. Yesterday, US Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Alto/Monroe) announced his statewide candidacy as expected, joining developer Eddie Rispone as Republican candidates.
On the other side of the spectrum, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser (R) announced that he will not run for Governor, presumably in order to seek re-election for a second term in his current position.
The big unanswered question seems to surround whether Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) will change his mind about seeking re-election now that Sen. Kennedy is out of the Governor’s race and Abraham and Rispone are in. Early signals suggest that he may be again readying himself to enter the race. State Treasurer John Schroder also confirms he is considering becoming a gubernatorial candidate.
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