State Treasurer John Kennedy told the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday that he is “very, very seriously considering” a run for governor in 2015.
Kennedy, a Republican who could seek re-election, offered no schedule for when he will make a decision.
The 2015 governor’s race is considered wide open since Gov. Bobby Jindal cannot seek a consecutive third term.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking at the race. A super-PAC is raising money that could fuel a gubernatorial campaign for U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La. House Democratic leader John Bel Edwards, of Amite, said he intends to run.
Kennedy flirted with the idea of adding his name to the governor’s race ballot in 2003. He instead ran for re-election.
Kennedy switched from Democrat to Republican in 2008, shortly before a failed bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
Kennedy said Monday that he would consider universities to be sacred ground, fire bad teachers and help small businesses already located in Louisiana.
“I want a governor who will govern with knowledge and wisdom,” Kennedy said.