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State Sen. Sharon Hewitt announces bid for Louisiana governor

By: - January 13, 2023 9:07 am
Sen. Sharon Hewitt sitting in committee room

Louisiana State Sen. Sharon Hewitt listens to testimony at a committee hearing on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo credit: Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator)

Louisiana State Sen. Sharon Hewitt announced Friday that she will run for governor, joining Treasurer John Schroder and Attorney General Jeff Landry in the race.

A successful campaign would make Hewitt the second female governor of Louisiana and the first female Republican governor. The late Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, served as governor from 2004 to 2008, pulling off a surprising upset as an underestimated candidate.

Hewitt, who lives in Slidell, has never held statewide office but has proven to be a powerful two-term legislator, spearheading the state’s redistricting efforts last year along with a successful veto override that frustrated Democrats and activists who said the maps diluted the voting power of minority residents. 

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According to her website, Hewitt grew up in Lake Charles where she attended Barbe High School and graduated as class valedictorian. She earned a degree in mechanical engineering from LSU and worked on offshore drilling rigs before climbing the executive ladder to manage finances at Shell. 

“Politicians have failed our state for decades, saddling us with a failing tax code, struggling schools, and rising crime in our cities,” Hewitt said in a press release. “It’s time for a governor who will get things done. That’s why I’m running to lead this great state I love.”

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Among his recognitions are McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

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