Louisiana insurance commissioner gets election opponent
BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has picked up a challenger to his re-election efforts.
Political newcomer Matt Parker, a businessman from West Monroe, officially announced his candidacy Monday for the Oct. 24 election.
Both men are Republicans.
In a statement, Parker criticized Donelon for taking campaign contributions from the insurance industry, saying that leads to higher insurance rates. Parker described his campaign as a "crusade for the consumers of Louisiana."
Donelon is a former state lawmaker from Jefferson Parish who's been insurance commissioner since 2006. Parker has never run for office before. He owns a car repair business.
In the most recent round of campaign finance reports, Donelon said he had more than $442,000 in his campaign account, while Parker showed a balance of just under $14,000.