Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker said he plans to announce his candidacy for Louisiana secretary of state at Monday noon’s meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

“I’m going to make the big announcement,” Tucker said in an interview.

“We have about $300,000 in the bank and the ability to raise a lot more money,” said Tucker, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to the House.

Tucker of Terrytown said he has already advised current acting Secretary of State Tom Schedler that he will sign-up when candidate qualifying begins Sept. 6-8.

Schedler of Mandeville, has previously said he will be a candidate. State Rep. Walker Hines, R-New Orleans, has said he is interested in running for the job as well.

Tucker, Schedler and Hines are all Republicans.

The primary election is Oct. 22.

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