Young Americans For Liberty, along with the Republican Liberty Caucus of Louisiana, announced its endorsements for next month’s elections in Louisiana. The five candidates are:
Robert Mills in SD-36
Danny McCormick in HD-1
Julie Emerson in HD-39
Kirk Williamson in HD-94
Larry Frieman in HD-74
“All five candidates we’ve endorsed are proven liberty lovers, ready to fight to protect the rights of Louisiana citizens.” RLC of LA State Chair, Rob Maness said in a press release.
“We’re thrilled to knock on doors and connect with voters on behalf of these freedom fighters in Louisiana,” YAL President, Cliff Maloney said in a press release.
Robert Mills is squaring off against incumbent State Sen. Ryan Gatti (R-Bossier City), who is a top target of conservative activists this year. Mills and Gatti are also facing Democrat Mattie Preston. Many people are optimistic about Mills’s chances, given the strong support Mills has received from conservatives in the district.
Danny McCormick is locked in a three-way race with fellow Republicans James Harper and Randall Liles. But McCormick, who is famous for his anti-tax social media videos on behalf of the Caddo Parish Alliance, is seen as the frontrunner in the race.
State Rep. Julie Emerson (R-Carencro) is the only incumbent YAL has decided to endorse. This was a no-brainer given that Emerson, who has championed occupational licensing and criminal justice reform, is easily the most libertarian member of the Louisiana legislature. She has also attended YAL events and has a good working relationship with the YAL chapter at UL-Lafayette. Emerson is facing off against Democrat Paul Carter, a race Emerson should handily win.
Kirk Williamson is challenging incumbent State Rep. Stephanie Hilferty (R-New Orleans). Democrat Tammy Savoie and independent Saudia Broyard are also running. This race will be YAL’s toughest.
Larry Frieman is running for State Rep. Scott Simon (R-Abita Springs)’s open seat. Frieman is running against Democrat Cindy Winch, a race that Frieman should win easily.
Most of these candidates are already endorsed by LABI, the Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, and LAGOP so what makes the YAL endorsement unique? YAL will bring in students to knock on doors. In addition, they will have access to the YAL chapters across the state. It doesn’t bring a lot of money but it does bring in boots on the ground which may make the difference.
The endorsements are a part of YAL’s Operation Win at the Door which seeks to build a bench of legislators who support free markets, free people, and civil liberties. So far, the program has elected 39 legislators nationwide and has a goal of electing 250 legislators by 2022.