Angola warden considering run for governor
ANGOLA - Warden Burl Cain says he's thinking about running for governor next year.
Cain has spent more than three decades as a warden, the last two at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
"Angola's fixed, and it's not what it was," he said. "It's kind of like the job is pretty much done and all the sudden this falls into my lap."
Cain, a republican, says he can make Louisiana better. He attributes most of his success to having a good head on his shoulders.
"It's like when I first became a prison warden, I never worked in a prison so I didn't follow any traditions," he said. "I just followed common sense."
The push for Cain to run for office is being made on social media. There is a Facebook group that has more than 1,300 likes supporting a possible run for governor. Signs posted to fences reading "We the people need Warden Burl Cain for governor" have popped up around the state, too.
Cain says it's an honor to be considered but he's still mulling it over.
"I'm just here to weigh my options and pray about it and see how it turns out," he said.
Cain said, should he run and win, his first order of business would be making adjustments to schools and the education system. Cain's mother taught for 42 years. He says his greatest accomplishment is setting up a higher education program and seminary at Angola.
Still, he's thinking about it, and says he won't know until there's a sign.
"I guess what I'm looking for is a really good poll."
Already, Jay Dardenne, David Vitter, Scott Angelle and John Bel Edwards are expected to run for the position.
The election is Fall 2015.