Your Vote Matters – Runoff Governor’s Race 2019

As early voting is upon us, please consider re-electing Governor Edwards. Early voting begins Saturday, November 2 through Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM (no voting on Sunday, November 3). The runoff election will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  

Governor Edwards was a state representative before serving as governor and worked as an attorney in his hometown of Amite, Louisiana. Amite is where he and his high school sweetheart, Donna, raised their three children. Before attending LSU Law School, Governor Edwards graduated Dean’s List from the Military Academy at West Point and served as an Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer for eight years.   

Because of Gov. Edwards’ bipartisan leadership on the budget, this year, the state government was able to give Louisiana’s teachers their first pay raise in ten years. We were also able to make the first new investment in higher education in a decade and make a $20 million new investment in higher education. When we invest in education, we are investing in our children and the future of our state.  

He is using that commitment to education and developing our workforce to grow our economy. Louisiana’s GDP and personal incomes are at an all-time high and growing faster than the national average. Expert economists from LSU have said that Louisiana “is in the midst of an industrial boom like none in its history.”  

John Bel Edwards brought lessons he learned from West Point to the governor’s office. When he took office, there was a $2 billion budget deficit – the largest in state history. That deficit threatened to close hospitals, higher education institutions, and wreck our economy. Governor Edwards brought Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to find a compromise, passing a budget plan that has turned that deficit into surpluses. And he did this without taking away your rights.  

Your vote can help ensure Louisiana’s future for the coming years. Thank you for your consideration and God Bless.  

 -Gordon McKernan