BATON ROUGE – Budget surpluses and economic development are among the top accomplishments Governor John Bel Edwards touted today in his official announcement for re-election.
The primary election is Saturday, Oct. 12.
In a video, Governor Edwards promoted the state’s progress during his leadership, from record budget deficits and a weak economy to budget surpluses and the largest economic development projects and largest GDP in Louisiana history.
He also spoke about some of his priorities for the days ahead, including his teacher pay raise plan and his fight for legislation to increase the minimum wage and ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Governor Edwards closed the video by asking Louisianans for their support and prayers on the campaign trail in 2019.
“We are truly better off than we were three years ago. And we’re working hard to make it even better. That’s why I am formally announcing my campaign for re-election. Serving as your Governor has been one of the greatest honors of my life and, with your support, I look forward to four more years of even greater prosperity and opportunities,” Governor Edwards says in the video. “Donna and I look forward to seeing you and your family on the campaign trail as we continue working to put Louisiana First. Thank you and God bless.”
Accomplishments Gov. Edwards outlined in his announcement included:
• Passed a bipartisan budget compromise that took us from record deficits to surpluses and stable funding for our critical priorities.
• Secured more than 100 major economic development projects, nearly 30,000 new jobs, and $30.7 billion worth of capital investments.
• Had 15 straight months of year-over-year job growth, with an economy that’s larger than ever before.
• Expanded Medicaid to 480,000 working Louisianans, cutting the uninsured rate in half, keeping rural hospitals open, and saving lives.
• Brought together law enforcement, the faith community, Republicans and Democrats to pass a package of bipartisan criminal justice reform laws used as a model by President Trump.
Gov. Edwards said he plans to tour the state to promote his campaign.