Louisiana House Minority Leader, John Bel Edwards, threw his hat into the ring for the next gubernatorial race Wednesday morning on the Jim Engster Show.
Edwards may see a fundraising advantage by announcing this early, but has a lot to overcome.
Other potential candidates include fellow democrat New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and republicans US Senator David Vitter, Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, and State Treasurer John Kennedy.
As of Friday, May 11, the state Legislative session has three weeks until it must adjourn.
The budget has yet to be balanced even though the house passed an amendment Friday to end the dispute over the use of one-time money, and Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reforms remain in limbo.
Robert Mann is the Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at the Manship School at LSU.
WRKF's Ashley Westerman sat down with him earlier this week and asked what the biggest priority for the legislature is at this point.