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.
“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.