Vowing to create a more competitive insurance market, Donald Hodge is a candidate for state insurance commissioner in the Oct. 22 primary election.

Hodge, 31, said he will not take campaign contributions from the insurance industry.

“I, just as all Louisianians, have seen massive across-the-board increases in insurance rates during the past five years,” he said.

Hodge said he will advance market-based solutions such as enticing more companies to compete.

“We need our elected officials, the insurance industry and everyday citizens to come together to cause the change we deserve to ensure a fair system for all, not just the insurance industry,” Hodge said.

A Moss Bluff native, Hodge is an attorney who lives in Baton Rouge. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, master’s degree and law degree from LSU. He is a Democrat.

He worked at the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge as a legal and social service advocate following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He also worked with the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps to help displaced families.

“Louisiana has the highest automobile and property insurance rates in the nation, and our health-care costs are right at the top of all states,” Hodge said. “We are a small state that should be in line with Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, but our rates are dramatically higher.”

Hodge’s only opponent in the race is incumbent state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, a Republican.