Republican State Treasurer John Schroder filed for re-election Wednesday on the second of three days of qualifying for statewide offices.
In addition, two more contenders entered the race for governor and eight for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Qualifying ends on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and the primary is Oct. 12.
Schroder's entry means all seven statewide officers are seeking new terms.
Democratic lawyer Derrick Edwards, of Harvey, filed for Schroder's post on Tuesday.
Schroder defeated Edwards two years ago in the race to fill the unexpired term of John Kennedy when Kennedy was elected to the U. S. Senate.
The state treasurer declined comment on Edwards' latest challenge and resumed his criticism of state spending. "The Legislature and administration continue to spend every dime they have and every dime they think they have," Schroder said.
"The treasurer is the conscience of Louisiana in my opinion when it comes to financial matters," he said.
"The governor doesn't have to listen to anything I say," he added. "Neither does the Legislature."
"That does not mean I won't continue to talk about what I believe to be solid fiscal policy that they need to hear," Schroder told reporters.
Candidates have to win at least 50 percent of the vote plus one in the primary to avoid a runoff on Nov. 16.
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On Tuesday Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday and his two chief challengers – Republican U. S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Alto and GOP Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone – filed for governor.
On Wednesday Gary Landrieu, who is without party affiliation, filed for governor on a campaign plan that includes "Las Vegas style gambling" in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and bulletproof vests for all law enforcement officers.
Landrieu is a first cousin of former U. S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and ex-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"Louisiana is 49th in everything and first in all the bad stuff," he told reporters. "Nothing is going to change until we change the people who run our government and who run our state," he told reporters.
Landrieu said that by turning Louisiana into the "Las Vegas of the South" and boosting the number of land-based casinos the state can generate another $4 billion in yearly revenue and create 250,000 jobs.
He said he also plans to file a court challenge to change the way his name is listed on the statewide ballot from "Gary Landrieu" to "Gary 'Go Gary' Landrieu."
Also entering the race for governor is Natchitoches contractor Manuel Leach, a Republican.
Meanwhile, Amanda Jennings Smith, a paralegal who lives in Bastrop, entered the race for secretary of state as a Republican.
Smith said she is concerned about election security with the state using 10,000 new machines.
Eight candidates filed for BESE, which sets state policies for about 720,000 public school students statewide.
Democrat Vereta Lee, a former 12-year-member of the East Baton Rouge Parish school board, filed for the District 8 BESE post being vacated by Jada Lewis.
So did Democrat Jonathan Loveall, a school teacher who lives in Clinton.
Republican Ronnie Morris, an Exxon employee for the past 23 years, filed for the District 6 seat being vacated by Kathy Edmonston.
Ciara Hart, also a school teacher, filed for the same seat. She is a Democrat.
In District 1, former Jefferson Parish teacher Denise Carpenter of Metairie filed for the post held by Jim Garvey as did Lee Price-Barrios, a former teacher who lives in Abita Springs.
Garvey defeated Barrios in 2015.
All three are Republicans.
Ashonta Wyatt, a Democrat who lives in Harvey, filed for the District 2 post held by Kira Orange Jones.
Janice Perea, a Houma school teacher and Republican, is running against incumbent Sandy Holloway in District 3.