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Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Tony Clayton

Tony Clayton, a high-profile prosecutor and attorney, is weighing a run for governor, according to a report from LaPolitics.com.

In an interview with LaPolitics, Clayton laid out the qualities that could make him an interesting candidate in the race.

Tony Clayton Louisiana governor race

Tony Clayton (Advocate file photo)

“I’m a conservative Democrat,” said Clayton, a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. “I believe in smaller government, I’m pro-life and I’m for traditional marriage. I hunt, and I believe in the Second Amendment. I also think our oil companies play an important role in Louisiana and I don’t think we should be trying to run them out of the state.”

There are currently four major candidates in the race: U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and state Rep. John Bel Edwards. Edwards is a Democrat; the others are Republicans.

The election is Oct. 24 and a runoff will be held Nov. 21 if no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote.

LaPolitics, which notes that retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré also might make a late entry into the race, points out that either entry could have more of an impact on who gets sent to the runoff.

Read the full report from LaPolitics here or via the Business Report.