Former state senator A.G. Crowe, of Pearl River, announced Tuesday that he would run for the Secretary of State’s job this fall.
He served as a Republican in the Louisiana House representative from 2000 to 2008, then was elected to the state Senate, representing parts of St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes. He was reelected in 2011 and opted not run for a third term in 2015.
In the Legislature, Crowe, 70, was known for conservative stances, opposing Common Core academic standards and unsuccessfully pushing in 2015 a “religious freedom” bill aimed at protecting private businesses that refused to serve gay couples on religious grounds.
The Secretary of State, who is third in the line of gubernatorial succession, organizes Louisiana’s elections, handles business incorporation documents, and archives state government’s papers.
His legislative experience when coupled with founding a records management company that has 23 franchises in 12 states, Crowe said, has uniquely prepared him for the job.
“I am eager to bring my fiscal conservative management style to the office. Louisiana needs a good dose of smart management, consumer-friendly service and fiscal restraint,” Crowe said.
Crowe graduated the former Francis T. Nicholls High School in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and received a business degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
A number of candidates have said they are mulling a run for that office.
Republican Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner certified public accountant, has announced her candidacy. Republican Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge minister and former executive with the Louisiana Family Forum, is expected to announce his candidacy this week.
Crowe polled 10 percent a survey run late last month by Baton Rouge pollster John Couvillon, ahead of Stokes but behind Angele Davis, one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s commissioners of administration. Davis, who came in third in last year’s race for state treasurer, hasn’t announced her intentions.
The official sign-up for the election begins July 18 and ends July 20. The election will be held on Nov. 4 followed, if necessary, by a Dec. 8 runoff.
The post became open when Secretary of State Tom Schedler denied allegations that he sexually harassed an employee, then stepped down earlier this year. Kyle Ardoin is serving as secretary of state until the election determines who will fill out the remaining year of Schedler’s term. The winner of the Nov. 4 election would have to run again in 2019 for a full four-year term.