Ag commissioner decides against running for governor

Mike Strain
Mike Strain

State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced on Facebook late Sunday night that he would not run for governor in 2015.

Strain, a Republican, had said he was considering a run for governor in two years, when term limits prohibit Gov. Bobby Jindal from seeking a third consecutive term.

Instead, Strain will seek re-election as agriculture commissioner.

“I have listened to your comments, spoken to my family, and searched my Heart. I believe that I can best serve my state and nation now as Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry and will seek re-election to this office in 2015. I thank you for your continued friendship and support,” Strain posted.

Strain’s departure still leaves several possible contenders in the race. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican, and Louisiana House Democratic leader John Bel Edwards, of Amite, are considering campaigns. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican, have not declared whether they will jump into the race.