- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he is running to be Louisiana’s next lieutenant governor, joining three other contenders vying for the open seat in 2015.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1vPi6FY ) that Holden, a Democrat, announced his campaign Wednesday. He described an economic turnaround in Baton Rouge during his tenure and said he would repeat that success on a state level.

Holden is the fourth candidate to announce plans to run for the state’s second highest office, which is in charge of overseeing the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Three Republicans have said they will seek the position: Opelousas state Sen. Elbert Guillory, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Jefferson Parish President John Young.

The field is crowded because Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is running for governor next year.

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