Insurance commissioner’s race heats up

Tim Temple is putting his money where his mouth is, announcing Tuesday he has invested $800,000 of his own to challenge incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, The Daily Advertiser reports.

Temple’s campaign said the insurance executive and political upstart has $838,000 cash on hand, of which $800,0000 is his own money. The official deadline for campaign finance reports is Friday.

While the governor’s race will dominate headlines leading up to the fall election, the insurance commissioner’s race has the potential to be 2019’s only other competitive statewide election.

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and newly-elected Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin aren’t likely to draw well-financed GOP opponents and any Democrat would be considered a long shot.

Temple, who lives in Baton Rouge, and Donelon are both Republicans. Read the full story.


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