‘Business Report’ Publisher: Endorsements for the Oct. 24 election

With ballots already being cast during the early voting period that runs through Saturday, Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister has released his endorsements for the Oct. 24 primary election.

“I have known many of the candidates for years and observed their words and actions. There were some tough choices to make—and some easy ones,” McCollister notes in his latest column, in which he lists his endorsements for statewide and local elections, as well as constitutional amendments and local tax proposals.

For the top race to be the state’s next governor, McCollister says his decision came down to Republicans Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne. Though he has known and worked with both in the past and admires and respects these two candidates, McCollister is recommending Angelle to voters.

“There will be tough challenges in the year ahead, and it will require developing solutions and most importantly building consensus in our state and Legislature for Louisiana to succeed in the future. I believe Scott Angelle can best accomplish this as governor,” McCollister writes. “Angelle has conservative values and cares about people. I heard his fiery speech after the oil spill, when he fought the moratorium by President Barack Obama. He rallied the people. He is a family man, passionate about our state, who has great people skills.That was evident when both houses of the Legislature voted unanimously to approve his appointment as interim lieutenant governor. It’s hard not to like Scott Angelle. He gets along and works well with folks. That humble, servant leadership will benefit him and our state well as governor for the next four years.”

Read the full column for McCollister’s complete list of endorsements, which includes picks for statewide offices, four constitutional amendments, local Louisiana Senate and House races, as well as East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court, Baton Rouge City Court judge, and parish presidents for West Feliciana and Ascension parishes. Send your comments to editors@businessreport.com.

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