Rep. Garret Graves not running for La. governor

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Garret Graves(WAFB)
Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 9:40 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2023 at 11:15 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Congressman Garret Graves will not be running for Louisiana governor during the 2023 election.

Graves emailed supporters and said it’s clear the best service he can provide Louisianans and the next governor is by building upon wins in the U.S. Congress.

Graves said in the email that Louisiana is at a crossroads. He added the race for governor will lead up to a consequential election.

“The next governor will not succeed by being just a great executive,” Graves said. “The next governor must be a leader who unites all the state’s community leaders, our job creators, and elected representatives around a bright, bold vision and plan for our state’s great comeback story.”

Read Graves’ complete letter to his supporters below:

Graves message to supporters
Graves message to supporters(Garret Graves)

Several candidates have officially announced their runs for governor. On the Republican side, the list of candidates includes Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder, State Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, and State Rep. Richard Nelson of Mandeville.

Former DOTD Transportation Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson is the only high-profile Democrat to enter the race.

Hunter Lundy, an attorney from Lake Charles, is running as an independent in the race.

Voters will head to the polls to choose Louisiana’s next governor in the fall of 2023.

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