Buckle up and hold onto your hats because election season is starting to really heat up, and there will be plenty of twists and turns and deal making between now and November. As of now, those on the right side of the aisle announcing their intent to run for Governor include Treasurer John Schroder, Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Senator Sharon Hewitt. State Representative Richard Nelson is also expected to announce soon in addition to a possible surprise announcement by Congressman Garret Graves.
On the left side of the aisle, Democratic Party Chair Katie Bernhardt is seriously considering throwing her hat in, and Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson’s name has also been mentioned as a well-known and possible contender. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore also stated that he’s considering the top spot.
The only Independent in the race so far is Lake Charles attorney Hunter Lundy who announced his candidacy months ago.
La. R.S. § 24:56 states that “No fundraising function shall be held during a regular legislative session for or by a legislator unless written notice of the function has been given to the board not less than thirty days prior to the function.” The 2023 Regular Legislative Session will convene at noon on Monday, April 10, 2023 and adjourn no later than 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 8, 2023; therefore, current legislators have had to start making decisions if they intend to jump into Fall races¾particularly the top spot where Attorney General Jeff Landry already has a hefty piggy bank compared to the other candidates mentioned who have announced and even those who are still mulling it over.