BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle has announced he is running for Louisiana Governor in 2015.
On his Facebook page, Angelle wrote "I'm excited to share that after prayerful consideration and consultation with family and friends across the state, I will be a candidate for Governor next fall. I am convinced Louisiana's best days are ahead of us. Now is the time for leadership that will be more focused on getting us across the goal line rather than grabbing the headline. I will be a work horse, not a show horse. I have a history of putting Louisiana first by working across party lines and labels as I believe no one person or group has a monopoly on great ideas."
Angelle, a Democrat-turned-Republican, is from Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish. He is the District 2 member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. In January 2013, he succeeded the retiring Jimmy Field.
His biography on the Louisiana Public Service Commission website notes he was appointed as the 52nd Lieutenant Governor by Governor Bobby Jindal followed by a unanimous confirmation by both chamber of the Louisiana Legislature. "During his tenure as Interim Lieutenant Governor, he successfully negotiated a $45 million down payment by British Petroleum to the State of Louisiana for tourism marketing in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon event. In addition, he was the state's point person to negotiate an end to the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium and provided the leadership to help streamline federal oil and gas permitting," the biography noted.
"I intend to campaign with a certain joie de vivre (joy of life) spirit because Louisiana deserves a positive campaign focused on people, not just policy," said Angelle in his announcement on his Facebook page. "My wife, Dianne, and our five children, son in law, and twin granddaughters join with me in asking for your support. Vive la Louisiane!"