Sen. Elbert Guillory

State Sen. Elbert Guillory is restating his intention to run for lieutenant governor this fall.

“Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated!,” Guillory, an Opelousas Republican said.

Guillory issued a statement after news reports that his campaign coffers are dry. His 2014 fundraising report showed a negative campaign balance.

“…it is true during the past 12 months others have raised large sums for their campaigns,” Guillory said.

He said he has begun fundraising for the lieutentant governor’s race “which will not really fire up until this June after I finish my duties as a senator…”

Lieutenant governor candidates Republicans Billy Nungesser and John Young reported having $2.1 million and $1.8 million in cash on hand, respectively. The other candidate Democratic Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden did not raise any funds for the race in 2014.

In 2014, Guillory said he raised and spent tens of thousands campaigning around the state.

“My focus has not been solely centered around my own campaign,” said Guillory, noting his involvement with political action committees aimed at wooing black voters to the GOP.

Louisiana’s only black Republican legislator said he has worked with the Free at Last PAC to raise and spend more than $500,000 in efforts to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. He said he also worked with the Black Conservatives Fund PAC in Opelousas “where we drove out old boy politics in favor of a fresh, honest face.”

“It is important that everyone understand that while my primary mission is to make Louisiana a better place to live, my general mission is to make the United States of America a better place to live,” Guillory said.