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Dardenne's bid for governor

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Edwin Edward's big night is bringing in all kinds of political guests.

One of tonight's speakers is Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, who this month announced his candidacy for governor.

We are about a year and half out from the next Louisiana governor's race, but the campaigning is already underway. And Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne wants Edwards's old job.

 "I think Louisiana is in need of someone who is going to bring the state together. We seem to be divided right now. I talked about it a great deal in my lieutenant governor campaign. It is something I have worked on since I've been lieutenant governor. I think first and foremost that is one of the things that has to happen," Dardenne said.  

Political analyst Joshua Stockley said Dardenne has a pretty good chance, even though republican U.S. Senator David Vitter is the presumed front runner.

"Every office that he has been in he has left a positive legacy he has been successful in whatever he has done. So on that hand, he has a clear record of success. He is a little different from Senator Vitter because he is not considered as conservative. So Jay Dardenne will bring a question to the republic party and the voters of Louisiana: what does it mean to be a republican and how does one define conservatism?" Stockley said,

Dardenne said one of the biggest challenges facing Louisiana is maintaining a skilled work force for our economic growth. He said education and job creation are two big concerns, but he will not leave his convictions of treating tourism as an industry in this state. Dardenne said if elected, he will continue with some of Jindal's work, but in a different way.

"I would be a lot more open, a lot more commutative than what we have seen over the last couple of years," Dardenne said.  

He said of course the closer we get to Election Day, the more his campaign will grow. But for now, Dardenne said being head of Louisiana's culture, recreation and tourism is his first priority. 

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