- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has announced a statewide tour in his campaign for the Oct. 24 election.

The first six stops were announced Tuesday, with the tour set to begin Sept. 30 in Gonzales. Additional stops will be in Pineville, Sulphur, Crowley, Thibodaux and Mandeville. And future visits will be announced.

Dardenne, Louisiana’s lieutenant governor, has pledged to bring more transparency to state government if elected governor, striking at criticism that term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal has been too secretive. Dardenne has said he’ll hold regional office hours around the state to meet with residents directly.

He’s one of nine candidates in the governor’s race. The three other major candidates are Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

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