The Governor's race in Louisiana has another contender. The latest person to jump in the race is Stephen Waguespack who has been the President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).


Waguespack was a senior advisor to former Governor Bobby Jindal and also worked on Capitol Hill for a decade.

Waguespack submitted a letter to the LABI Board of Directors:

With a heavy heart and after prayerful deliberation, I have decided I will be stepping down from my position as CEO of the organization. I have loved my last ten years with you all and I will forever be proud of everything that we have accomplished together. I have informed the board officers, pledged to them my assistance in the transition, and will do all that I can as they begin a search for a new leader. You all are the heart and soul of free enterprise in Louisiana. Thank you and please stay committed to this wonderful state we all love.

The field of candidates includes Attorney General Jeff LandryTreasurer John Schroderstate Sen. Sharon Hewitt, and state Rep. Richard Nelson in the running. Independent attorney Hunter Lundy is also in the running as well as former DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson on the Democrat side.

Voters go to the polls to select a new Governor on October 14, but it none of the candidates gets a majority, the runoff between the top 2 candidates will be held on November 18.

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