Lafayette's own country music star and Hub City Ford spokesman Sammy Kershaw is once again running for Lt. Governor of Louisiana. On his Web site, Kershaw announces:

“This is the ‘Real People Campaign.’ I am running for the average, hardworking citizens of this state, who are tired of careerpoliticians and political insiders using this seat, and their taxpayer dollars, as a place to bide their time until they can run for some other position. The primary responsibility of the Lt. Governor is to serve as LOUISIANA’s Ambassador. This job is about introducing the unique people, culture and heritage of this state. I have been in the promotion business my entire career and no one is more qualified to do this job than I am. It’s time the people have someone in this position who not only can do the job, but wants the job.”

Kershaw, a Republican, adds to an all-GOP field vying to replace Mitch Landrieu, who is now mayor of New Orleans. Also running are Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, state Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere and St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis. The special election will be held in October, with a runoff, if necessary, in November.

Kershaw last ran for the post in 2007 when he finished second behind Landrieu with 30 percent of the vote. This time around, look for Kershaw to try to convince voters he's better than he used to be.

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