Governor Edwards responds to Senator Kennedy's decision

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statement after Senator John Kennedy announced he will not run for Governor in 2019.

Kennedy publically contemplated running for Governor throughout 2018. He made the decision to not run on Monday, December 3.

"For Sen. Kennedy, this was never about the people of Louisiana. This was about focusing the spotlight on himself," said Edwards.

Governor Edwards remains optimistic about the future of Louisiana politics though. "My hope is that he will make it a priority to work together with me and the entire congressional delegation to get things done for the hard working families of this state."

Below is the full statement issued by Governor Edwards
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"For Sen. Kennedy, this was never about the people of Louisiana. This was about focusing the spotlight on himself. Now that this is behind us, my hope is that he will make it a priority to work together with me and the entire congressional delegation to get things done for the hard working families of this state. There are more than 4.5 million good people who call Louisiana home. They deserve to have elected officials who will work together to put Louisiana first.

"I'm proud of my record as governor. Over the past 3 years we've started to clean up the mess we inherited, stabilized funding for critical services, and are running a budget surplus even after reducing the tax burden on the people of Louisiana by $600 million. More people are working in Louisiana than ever before, our state’s gross domestic product is at an all-time high, and we are securing the largest economic development projects in our state’s history. The state and our people are much better off now than they were three years ago, and I look forward to another 5 years of putting the people of Louisiana first.”