With U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy preparing a move to Washington, the list of names of who might replace him as treasurer in Louisiana seems to be growing with each passing day.
Former state House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, told LaPolitics that he might be a candidate for the post.
“It’s something I would consider,” says Kleckley, who now works for the law firm of Adams & Reese.
Also looking at the race is Acadiana health care executive Gus Rantz, who placed fifth in the primary for the 3rd Congressional District last month.
Meanwhile, state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, has been building his campaign for a few months and says he intends to be a candidate in the special election.
Also from the House, Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Metairie, recently held a fundraiser in New Orleans to test the waters and could make her final decision soon.
Sens. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, and Neil Riser, R-Columbia, and Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Mandeville, are said to be seriously looking at the race as well.
According to the Associated Press, Kennedy is not planning to resign by Dec. 14, which would have allowed for a special election for treasurer to be called for March 25. That means a fall 2017 special election will be called.