Four Major Candidates for Lt. Gov.
With the Oct. 24 open primary just three weeks away, four major candidates are seeking to become Louisiana’s next Lt. Governor — Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and three Republican candidates.
The three Republican candidates — Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas, former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and Jefferson Parish President John Young — have been criss-crossing the state, campaigning at forums, fairs and festivals, and anywhere else they can find a crowd.
Nungesser and Young have well-financed campaigns and are highly visible on television with 30 second spots running in the news.
Guillory and Holden have been hampered by lack of funds, but that hasn’t slowed down Guillory who speaks several times a day in all corners of the state. Guillory has become something of a cult hero on social media. His youtube.com videos have earned millions of views by people across the nation.
Guillory’s videos explain why he is Republican, and he challenges black voters to assess whether the Democratic Party is really serving their interests.
Holden, whose campaign is low key, has only raised a few thousands dollars. Nevertheless, recent polls have shown Holden running first, based on strong support from blacks across the state, while Nungesser and Young battle it out for second place with Guillory trailing.
The Democratic Party of East Baton Rouge Parish has endorsed Holden. The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish has endorsed Guillory, Nungesser, and Young, saying all three are well qualified for the job.
The Lt. Governor succeeds the Governor in case of death or resignation. Day to day, the Lt. Governor is responsible for administering recreation and tourism.