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Latest on Possible Candidates for 2023 Election Cycle

February 24, 2022 3:21 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

It’s still early, but here’s how some of the top spots are starting to look….

Top Spot – Governor

No one has officially announced yet for this race, but names being tossed around include Hunter Lundy, a Lake Charles personal injury attorney and one-time congressional candidate. Although he last ran as a right-leaning Democrat, Lundy says he is done with both parties and would run as an independent. “I’m in the radical middle.” – Hunter Lundy

Other possible candidates mentioned include the current Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Sen. Gary Smith of Norco (the lone Democrat rumored so far), Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Sen. Rick Ward of Maringouin, and Rep. Richard Nelson of Mandeville. 

#2 Spot - Lieutenant Governor

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder was originally expected to make a bid for agriculture commissioner, but now it appears he is eyeing the #2 spot of lieutenant governor during the 2023 cycle. 

State Treasurer

Rep. Scott McKnight of Baton Rouge was originally eyeing the lieutenant governor’s race, but is now considering a run at treasurer. McKnight grew up working in the family business at Wright & Percy Insurance, now known as BXS Insurance, and has the voting record of a small government, free market, pro-business conservative.

Attorney General

Solicitor General Liz Murrill of Baton Rouge has already hit the ground running in her bid for attorney general. Others thinking about the race include House and Governmental Affairs Chair John Stefanski of Crowley and Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee of Houma.

 
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