While they are running for state Treasurer, Republicans Neil Riser and Angele Davis stressed Tuesday that they are down to earth Louisiana residents and big fans of the National Rifle Association.

Davis, former state Commissioner of Administration under then Gov. Bobby Jindal, said she grew up in East Feliciana Parish and learned at an early age how to fish and use a shotgun for hunting.

"I am pretty much a country girl," Davis told a gathering sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party.

Davis said she is an NRA member "and will be for the rest of my life."

She said she and her husband have a walk-in room filled with guns.

"Between my husband and I we look like collectors," she told the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon.

Riser, a veteran state senator from Columbia, La., said he started hunting at the age of 4 and killed his first deer when he was 5 years old.

The lawmaker said he enjoys an A-plus rating from the NRA.

"You can't get any higher than that," Riser said.

Both candidates made their comments mostly during a portion of the program aimed at hearing about their core values.

Former state. Rep. John Schroder of Covington missed the gathering because organizers said he had a scheduling conflict.

Those three, and three other contenders, hope to succeed former state Treasurer John Kennedy, who was elected to the U. S. Senate last year.

The primary is Oct. 14.

In other areas, Davis called herself pro-life, said she grew up in a Roman Catholic family and attended a Jesuit college -- Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. -- on a basketball scholarship.

"My son was adopted from Catholic Charities and that has been one of the best blessings of my life," she said.

Riser called himself "100 percent pro life" and said he was raised in a Christian home.

Davis, who was Commissioner of Administration from 2008-10, said she played a role in 10 state credit rating hikes, which makes borrowing easier.

She criticized efforts to raise the state gas tax and said Louisiana should rely more on tolls, like Texas and Florida.

"Look at their infrastructure," Davis said. "It is pretty amazing."

Riser said he entered politics in 2007.

"I was frustrated," he said. "I was tired of hearing the same old blah, blah blah."

Riser noted that, in 2012, he was the sponsor of a constitutional amendment, which voters approved, that backers said would reinforce the Second Amendment.

The lawmaker has operated Riser Funeral Home for 32 years and been on the board of Caldwell Bank and Trust for 24 years.  

The state Treasurer plays a key role in managing state finances and chairs the state Bond Commission, which authorizes borrowing for state projects.

Others in the race include Derrick Edwards, a New Orleans Democrat; Libertarian Joseph D. Little of Ponchatoula and Terry Hughes, a Lafayette Republican.

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