Kip Holden kicks off Lt. Governor run
BATON ROUGE - He's dressed as a cowboy, Santa, and a pirate to promote East Baton Rouge, and now Mayor-President Kip Holden wants to add "lieutenant governor" to his wardrobe.
Holden officially kicked off his campaign for the office Wednesday in Baton Rouge. He said he's dedicated to using the office to help promote Louisiana, not just further his political career.
"(The) Lieutenant Governor job is not a stepping stone for me," Holden said. "I will use my experience as mayor to make our state great."
The mayor-president's well-known penchant for dressing up has drawn attention ever since his days in the state legislature. He confirmed in August he would seek the office after the current election cycle ended. He also pointed to the city-parish's economic success during his time as mayor-president, saying he would repeat that on the state level.
"I do not sit behind a desk. I go out and recruit companies to come in and locate here," said Holden. "So therefore, many of the kids who grow up in small towns who may leave, they can stay right at home because I'll be bringing those companies closer to them."
Three Republicans have announced plans to run for lieutenant governor: Opelousas state Sen. Elbert Guillory, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Jefferson Parish President John Young. Holden is the only Democrat to have announced so far. Incumbent Jay Dardenne has announced he will run for governor in 2015.
News 2's Troy Gaulden will have more on the mayor's bid coming up tonight.