The term-limited mayor and former state legislator first hinted strongly in June that he was considering running for the state seat. Then in August, he declared that he was definitely going to run, but would wait until after this year’s slate of elections to finish before kicking off his campaign.

The lieutenant governor’s primary job is as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, although the attraction for many is as a potential stepping stone to the governor’s office. In the event the governor’s office becomes vacant, the lieutenant governor fills in.

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