New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is among several mayors to endorse Democrat John Bel Edwards’ run for governor this week.

“John Bel Edwards will be a partner with local governments and will help turn the state budget around,” he said in a statement. ” With public safety and criminal justice as my top priority, I also know that John Bel will help us in our fight against violent crime. He has the support of the law enforcement community, and he will also be an honest and hardworking governor that will put the people of our state first.”

Other mayors announcing their Edwards endorsements today include Alexandria Mayor Jacques, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, Amite Mayor Milton “Buddy” Bel, Town of Mansura Mayor Kenneth Pickett Sr., Norwood Mayor Becky Bellue and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine.

Landrieu, a Democrat and former lieutenant governor who was once considered a possible candidate for governor, had not endorsed anyone in the run up to Saturday’s primary, even though Edwards was the only major Democrat.

But Landrieu has frequently butted heads with Edwards’ Republican opponent, David Vitter. Earlier this year, he sent an email to supporters comparing Vitter to well-known white nationalist David Duke. Vitter, meanwhile, has targeted Landrieu’s push for the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans, publicly urging him to “focus on murders not monuments.”

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