Ag commissioner decides against running for governor

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.