Given Louisiana’s judicial system, high taxes and litigious culture, the 2019 gubernatorial election has potential to bring about reform.
As of now, there are three main candidates running for governor — Republicans Ed Rispone and Ralph Abraham and Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards. While there are a number of key issues in the race, a Baton Rouge woman urges voters to avoid supporting candidates who do not support tort reform, according a brief opinion piece in The Advocate.
Robert Mills, a Benton Republican who is running for state Senate, spoke with Louisiana Record about the gubernatorial candidates and whom he believes will bring the types of changes and reforms that the state requires.
“This is the easiest selection we have had — on Oct. 12 there will be three legitimate candidates for governor that have the money, time, expertise and interest: our incumbent, Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is finishing out his first term,” Mills said. “He’s a trial lawyer and in addition to being in the trade of trial lawyering, he also happens to be a ‘tax and spend’ liberal.”
Mills had more positive things to say about Rispone and Abraham.
“Rispone is the head of a very large, privately owned construction company, and a great, committed businessman and family man, very conservative fiscally and a good candidate for governor,” Mills said. “Also running for governor is U.S Congressman Ralph Abraham, who has a medical practice that he runs and still felt that he had more and ran and was elected to U.S. Congress.”
Between the three candidates running, Mills believes there is ample opportunity to pull Louisiana out of the dire situation it has been in for years.
“One of the Republican candidates is going to face off against John Bel Edwards,” Mills said. “It is going to be close as it always is, but we have good people running, the money to do it and good intentions and I think at the end of the day the best candidate is going to win.”