Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announces decision on governor's race: Report

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he will not be running for governor, according to a report from KPEL.

In a statement obtained by KPEL, Nungesser said there’s “unfinished business” in reviving the state’s tourism industry after the pandemic and storms and has decided to forgo running for governor and seek another term as lieutenant governor.

Nungesser teased his decision to run for months in 2022, citing that there were a few factors in his decision. He previously emphasized that he will not be using tourism dollars to promote himself for his campaign and that it will be coming out of pocket.

In late December, a state librarian filed a lawsuit against Nungesser accusing him of removing her from her office and cutting off access to her work after she reported him for “questionable contracts.”

State Treasurer John Schroder announced his bid for governor Monday, stating that the campaign won’t be “an easy one.”

Last week, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said he would not be running for governor. In his announcement, he said, “I just think I can help my state and my country more in the Senate.”

Attorney General Jeff Landry was the first gubernatorial candidate to announce his plans to run in October.