U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham says state needs a "vision"

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham says Louisiana needs a new governor. He's running for the state's top office, currently held by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham says Louisiana needs a new governor. He's running for the state's top office, currently held by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Source: (KNOE)

"Well, we've got to beat John Bel. We know the state is fiftieth out of fiftieth for three consecutive years," said Abraham. "So it is a must that we replace this governor with myself."

He said the state is missing a "vision," which he has for Louisiana.

"We win because we bring that vision, we bring that positive attitude, that we are better than this. We can move forward, and that this state deserves a wonderful spot in this nation," he said.

Abraham said that part of his vision to better Louisiana involves bringing jobs into the state. He said he plans to do this by easing pressure on oil and gas companies so they'll invest in the state, bringing jobs with them.

"These legacy lawsuits have put oil and gas on life support. These are good jobs with good benefits," he said.

But some argue that he's not doing the job he has now. He currently represents Louisiana's 5th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

As a congressman, Abraham has missed 55% of votes from April to June, according to govtrack.us. He said this election is important, and although he's missed a few votes, he won't neglect his duties as a congressman.

"We're going to miss some, and we'll circle back. As we know the way the House and the Senate works, you usually get two or three bites at the apple on these votes," said Abraham.

He said now that summer has ended, he and his team think that more people will be paying attention to the race, and they're about to start campaigning more aggressively.

The primary election for Louisiana governor is October 12, 2019. If no one gets a majority of the vote, the top two candidates will move on to a runoff.