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John Bel Edwards running for governor

2 years ago February 20, 2013 Feb 20, 2013 Wednesday, February 20 2013 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:21:57 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The Democratic leader in the Louisiana House says he's running for governor in 2015.

Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite becomes the first Democrat to say he'll be a candidate in the race. He announced his plans Wednesday on a Baton Rouge-based radio show hosted by Jim Engster.

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Edwards has been a lawmaker since 2008 and has become one of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's most vocal critics, on issues including the budget, taxes and education.

Jindal is unable to run for a third consecutive term.

Many Republicans have been mentioned as possible candidates, including U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Treasurer John Kennedy, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and state Sen. Gerald Long.

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