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David Vitter attends round table discussion in West Monroe

David Vitter attends round table discussion in West Monroe

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WEST MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - A small group of community and business leaders gathered in West Monroe to talk with United States Senator David Vitter about the state's issues before he traveled to Ruston and Shreveport for other round table discussions. Vitter has promised to continue these talks while he campaigns for Governor of the State of Louisiana and said these types of discussions will shape his policy.

"I'm going around the state to listen and learn from folks and be able to put together concrete ideas to base an administration on. But I am not going to do that by grading anyone else or comparing anyone else. I'm really just not focused on that," Vitter said.  

Term limits are barring Governor Bobby Jindal from running in this election, but he can run in 2019. Political Analyst Joshua Stockley said this is why the candidates are already throwing their hats into the ring.

"Open seats represent your best chance of being elected and that is why we are already seeing the field develop even though we are two years away," Stockley said.  

Both republican Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and democrat John Bel Edwards have officially announced their candidacy.

Stockley said Vitter has the most name recognition and the ability to raise the most money. He said Dardenne could become the next Vance McAllister and win against the assumed front runner. Stockley believes Edwards has the advantage as the only democrat but notes Edwards isn't really known.

He also suspects New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy may also decide to run.

Stockley said this election will be an interesting one to watch and it's very important to the people of Louisiana.

"What type of governor would we like to see? Do we want to see a deeply conservative governor? Do we want to see a moderate governor?  Do we want to see a governor with national aspirations or do we want to be convinced of an individual whose final stop is right here in Louisiana?" Stockley said.  

Vitter said the governor's office will be his last and the round table discussions are nothing different from what he has been doing as a senator. He said while he has been in office he's held hundreds of town hall meeting and traveled all over the state. He said he plans on doing that while campaigning and if he is elected in 2015.

Stockley said money is so important in election because it allows candidates to get their names out there to the general public.

Vitter said he expects the governor's race will cost more than his last bid for senator, which was $13 million. 

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