Orleans DA could run for governor

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Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams said he’s considering getting into the governor’s race. Gambit Political Commentator and columnist Clancy Dubos said if he is serious, we should know well before qualifying in August if he’s to be considered a formidable candidate.

“And by then, in fact long before then he should have a committee together with a campaign structure and be raising money,” said Dubos.

According to an article in The Advocate, Williams said he’s been encouraged by several people to run for governor.

Gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Jeff Landry has campaign ads blaming the local justice systems for the rise in crime however Dubos said it’s Williams who’s more knowledgeable about the subject.

“To discuss crime as an issue from the standpoint of someone who’s actually fighting crime today. No other candidate in the race is actually in the crime-fighting trenches right now,” said Dubos.

With Shawn Wilson the only Democrat in the race so far, Dubos said he imagines he’s not very happy to hear Williams could join the race. He said Wilson needs to boost his name recognition in the blue parish of Orleans.

“Williams is very well known, and Wilson is not well known, and it pretty much cuts Wilson off in some ways from making a lot of inroads in New Orleans,” said Dubos.

Qualifying is from August 8th through the 10th, for the October 14th primary.

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