Garret Graves won’t be running for governor, says he has work to do in Congress

Garret Graves won't be running for governor, says he has work to do in Congress
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U.S. Rep. Garret Graves told supporters Tuesday what most people had expected: he will not run for governor this year.

In an email, Graves said Louisiana is facing a consequential election this year and that many people have asked him to run for governor.

“After much prayerful consideration and hundreds of conversations, it is clear that the best service we can provide to Louisianans and the next Governor is by building upon our wins in the U.S. Congress,” wrote Graves, who represents metro Baton Rouge.

“The role you’ve enabled me to play now is to support a Governor who will lead and unite our state – a Governor with a bold, hopeful vision of Louisiana’s promise that is equal to her potential.

“In the coming days, the field for Governor will brighten. And Louisiana will have a generational opportunity to write America’s greatest comeback story.”

Graves made his announcement amidst speculation that Stephen Waguespack, the president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, is about to announce his candidacy for governor. Waguespack was a top aide to former Gov. Bobby Jindal. He has not responded to phone calls or texts.

The Republican candidates for governor are Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, state Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell and state Rep. Richard Nelson of Mandeville.

Shawn Wilson, a Democrat who just stepped down as secretary of Transportation under Gov. John Bel Edwards, announced his candidacy on Monday.

Hunter Lundy, a trial lawyer and Christian minister, is running as a political independent.

Check back for an update.

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