Hillar Moore Bows Out Of The 2023 Louisiana Governor’s Race

Democratic District Attorney Hillar Moore of East Baton Rouge Parish has announced that he is not running for governor of Louisiana.

Moore announced the decision to his staff Tuesday after much deliberation about his potential candidacy. Moore says that his love for his position as EBR District Attorney played a large role in him choosing not to step down. This makes yet another high-profile Louisiana democrat who is choosing not to enter a gubernatorial race that is being dominated by republicans.

However, this only casts more attention onto another potential democratic candidate.

Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Dr. Shawn Wilson will be stepping down from his position Saturday, and many are expecting him to announce a campaign for this year’s gubernatorial election.

Wilson could very likely be a leading contender for governor, at least on the Democrat side. Incumbent governor John Bel Edwards recently made a heavy statement, describing Wilson as “the most effective DOTD secretary in state history.” The unsuccessful 2022 U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers has also stated that he would not run if Wilson did.

Another potential high-profile democratic candidate lies in state senator Gary Smith, but it seems he would likely face an uphill battle with Wilson’s potential candidacy. The only official democratic candidate in the race is pastor Danny Cole, who previously had an unsuccessful state senate race in 2019.

Things only seem to be heating up more and more on the Republican end of the spectrum, but Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken most of the spotlight.

A recent poll of 504 republicans and independents showed Landry leading the race early, receiving 48% of the votes. Other republican candidates including Treasurer John Schroder, Senator Sharon Hewitt, and Representative Richard Nelson all received single-digit amounts.

Landry has already received many high profile endorsements including one from Donald Trump Jr. in 2022. Landry received a very controversial endorsement from the Louisiana Republican party last November, which has led to led to many attacks towards him since.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who is not running and will instead seek re-election to his current job, stirred controversy when he trashed the LAGOP’s Landry endorsement.


Criticizing the Louisiana Republican Party’s move, Nungesser said, “Unfortunately, the extremists have hijacked the party, and that’s not what the party was built on.”

Fox 8 analyst Mike Sherman says that Landry’s “far right” position could help a perceived more moderate candidate such as Schroder. Schroder has touted his experience gained as Treasurer to show why he is fit to be the leading Republican candidate. But polls indicate Schroder’s support hasn’t materialized, possibly because his base of support is conservative voters who are lining up behind Landry instead.

Other Republicans still weighing candidacy in the race include U.S. Representative Garret Graves and Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder. While both have been encouraged to run, Schexnayder will likely decline if Graves makes the decision to.

“We’re taking a look at it,” Schexnayder told USA Today Network. “A lot depends on what Garret Graves does.”

Republican state legislators Sharon Hewitt and Richard Nelson from the Senate and House, respectively, are also announced as candidates, as is independent and former Democrat lawyer Hunter Lundy.

Landry, Schroder, Hewitt and Nelson appeared yesterday at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s Annual Meeting for a forum; each gave a five-minute speech and answered questions from LABI president Stephen Waguespack for eight minutes afterward.



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