With less than a month until Louisiana voters head to the polls to vote for the state’s next governor, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive is putting a spotlight on governors of the past.
The LDMA, a project of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the State Archives, has dedicated a section of its website to highlighting video of former governors, including Edwin Edwards, Mike Foster and David Treen. It also features documentaries on Huey Long and Earl K. Long.
Viewers can search for each individual governor to find videos.
Among the videos available:
- All of LPB’s gubernatorial debates going back to 1979, including the Edwards/David Duke debate of 1991.
- All of the inaugurations dating back to Treen’s in 1980.
- Three forums with past governors.
- Highlights from Gov. John McKeithen’s press conferences.
Louisiana voters will head to the polls Oct. 24 to vote in the gubernatorial primary. Republicans David Vitter, Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne and Democrat John Bel Edwards are the four main candidates in the race. If, as expected, no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote, then a runoff will be held Nov. 21.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was first elected in 2007, could not seek re-election because of term limits. He’s now running for president.
The LDMA governor spotlight can be found at ladigitalmedia.org/home/louisiana-governors.
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