Louisiana is about to see a heated competition for the upcoming gubernatorial election. State Sen. Sharon Hewitt has recently announced her candidacy for governor, becoming the third Republican to enter the race. Louisiana is the only Deep South state with a Democratic governor, creating an opportunity for the GOP.
Hewitt is hoping to become the second female governor in state history and is highlighting her experience in male-dominated roles. In addition to her current position as a State Senator, she has served as a business executive and a naval officer. In her announcement, she emphasized her commitment to a “common-sense approach” that would “bring stability” to the state.
State Treasurer John Schroder and Attorney General Jeff Landry have already entered the contest. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, state Rep. Richard Nelson, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser are considering joining the race. All potential candidates are required to officially submit qualifying papers to the secretary of state between Aug. 8 and Aug. 10.
The upcoming election is likely to be a tight race with a variety of different candidates and visions for the state’s future. With so many potential candidates from both parties, the campaign will likely be an intense fight for the governor’s seat. It’s up to the citizens of Louisiana to decide which candidate will be the most successful in bringing stability and progress to the state.