ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — Another state lawmaker has entered the race for Louisiana governor.
State Representative Richard Nelson announced Wednesday his campaign for governor.
Nelson is a Republican from Mandeville who represents St. Tammany Parish and was elected in 2019. He is a member of the Administration of Criminal Justice Civil Law and Procedure Retirement committees.
“I believe we have a golden opportunity to fundamentally change Louisiana into a diverse economy and ample opportunity for every citizen,” Nelson says.
“I want parents in Houston and New York to be telling their friends that their kid just got a job in Louisiana, not the other way around. Many believe this is not possible because special interests control the votes in Baton Rouge. I understand the issues and how to fix them. That is why I will not just serve but lead. Our forefathers once pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to achieve what seemed like an impossible dream. I am willing to do the same. I need your support.”
Nelson appears to have gained early support from democratic State Rep. Mandie Landry in a social media post on Wednesday.
Nelson joins a growing group of Republican candidates running for the state’s highest office, which includes Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Senator Sharon Hewitt, and State Treasurer John Schroder. Lake Charles Attorney Hunter Lundry is running for governor as an Independent.