Jefferson Parish President John Young wants to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, and he announced his intention Aug. 12 with the unveiling of a campaign website and online ad titled "A Stronger Louisiana." Young joins a roster of already-announced candidates that includes Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas.
Young was elected parish president in a special election in 2010 after sitting on the Jefferson Parish Council. Scott McKay of the Baton Rouge political website The Hayride (who has endorsed Guillory) wrote that Young's experience and campaign chest will make him an immediate frontrunner. McKay also noted, "Historically, being president of Jefferson Parish has been a better qualifier for federal prison than statewide office."
Young's most recent campaign finance report (which was filed in January and covers the year 2013) showed him with $1,494,781 on hand. He'll surely add to that with what his election committee calls its "campaign kickoff" — a $1,000-per-head party Aug. 27 at the Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Warehouse District.