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Jeff Parish President Young enters race for lieutenant governor

  // Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:12 //

Jefferson Parish President John Young kicked off his campaign for lieutenant governor Tuesday with a campaign ad pledging to strengthen Louisiana.

With dramatic music and video of Young interspersed with shots of New Orleans landmarks, bayous, businesses and construction projects, the ad highlights the Republican parish president’s efforts on economic development and coastal issues.

The official start of Young’s campaign has been long anticipated in Jefferson political circles but comes more than a year before he will have to qualify for the 2015 race to succeed Lt.

Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is expected to run for governor.

“It’s a big state. There’s a lot of ground to cover,” Young said Tuesday.

He stressed the importance of economic development to the state, noting successes the parish has seen attracting businesses and industry such as the Dyno Nobel plant on the West Bank. He also emphasized his work fighting against flood insurance rate hikes that had been set to go into effect under federal law and his position as head of Parishes Against Coastal Erosion, a group of parish officials formed to advocate on flood insurance and other coastal issues.

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