Election season finally over? Dream on. Prospective candidates already are casting their eyes to 2015, when Louisiana will elect a new governor and lieutenant governor. A total of six statewide offices will be up for grabs, along with all 144 state legislative seats and more than 1,000 local and parish offices across the state.
Last week, Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (aka Angola), said he may be running for governor. Cain told Baton Rouge TV station WBRZ he was praying about the issue.
"I guess what I'm looking for is a really good poll," he said.
Cain served for two decades on the state's Civil Service Commission and was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2002. Meanwhile, East Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden held a press conference last week to announce his intention to run for lieutenant governor. The Advocate ran a photo of Holden at his announcement, where he wore a sticker reading, "I've been Kipnotized."
Besides Cain, the field of likely gubernatorial candidates includes Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Public Service Commissioner and former Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle, all Republicans. On the Democratic side, state Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite has announced his intention to run.
Those who have announced or expressed interest in becoming lieutenant governor include two parish presidents, Plaquemines' Billy Nungesser and Jefferson's John Young, as well as state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas. All three are Republicans.