By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Republican president of Jefferson Parish has launched his campaign to be Louisiana’s next lieutenant governor, joining what is shaping up as a crowded field for the 2015 election.

John Young announced his candidacy Tuesday with an online video saying he’ll offer a strong voice for the state’s economic development and tourism efforts.

Louisiana’s lieutenant governor oversees the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is running for governor in next year’s election, so the race for lieutenant governor has attracted several contenders.

Candidates who have said they will run for the position include: Opelousas state Sen. Elbert Guillory, a Republican; Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, a Democrat; and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, a Republican.

Several other officials also have said they’re considering the race.

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