Broussard Dem eyes U.S. Senate race

Oilman Joshua Pellerin confirms he has formed exploratory committee.

Joshua Pellerin

Pellerin Energy Group owner Joshua A. Pellerin, a Franklin native now living in Broussard, announced last week that he has formed an exploratory committee to assess a potential U.S. Senate bid.

Pellerin is the second Dem to confirm interest in the seat, currently held by David Vitter, who has decided not to run for re-election. The Times-Picayune reported over the weekend that Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010, is assembling a campaign team.

U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and John Fleming of Minden and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, all Republicans, say they are seeking the seat. Two more Republicans, state Treasurer John Kennedy and Public Service Commissioners Scott Angelle, are eyeing a run as well.

The election is in November.

In a written statement, Pellerin says he is not afraid to take the lead on improving access to — and affordability of — health care for seniors and veterans. He also says he would work to ensure the creation of jobs in the state while promoting efficiencies in government.

Over the coming months, Pellerin plans to introduce specific key initiatives focused on creating jobs, growing the economy and reducing taxes on the middle class and small businesses.