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Surprise candidates emerge for office of Lt. Governor in 2015

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Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, LSP Col. Mike Edmonson, Plaquemine Parish President Billy Nungesser, Senator Rick Gallot, Senator Elbert Guillory Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, LSP Col. Mike Edmonson, Plaquemine Parish President Billy Nungesser, Senator Rick Gallot, Senator Elbert Guillory
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The race for Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor is a full two and a half years away and already some people are starting to surface. The office is sort of a Louisiana cheerleader operation that handles culture, tourism, and recreation.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor/President Melvin "Kip" Holden is said to be eyeing the post.

State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson is also leaning toward the post.

"Mike Edmonson is and intriguing person for state wide office," says Political Analyst Clay Young. "He has been the head of state police for so long and he has a relative pristine public perception. I think he would be the odds on favorite because there's not a lot to hang on him."

"I've heard people come up and talk to me," Edmonson tells 9News. "I'm truly flattered by that. It tells me I'm doing the right thing. Two and a half years is a long time. I've got a lot of work to do. I'm committed to this administration; I'm committed to Governor Jindal. But more importantly I'm committed to the citizens of Louisiana."

Plaquemine Parish President Billy Nungesser is eyeing the post along with Senators Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas and Rick Gallot, D-Ruston.

"For me personally the opportunity to be the ambassador so to speak of Louisiana, to be the one to promote culture, recreation, and tourism is something that would be an incredible honor," says Gallot.

"This is politics," says Guillory. "People say a lot of things. We'll see how thing shape up over the next couple of years."

If Holden were to somehow win the race, a special election for Baton Rouge would be called. Senator. Sharon Western Broom and District Attorney Hillar Moore are said to be interested.

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