Sammy Kershaw announced his candidacy and intentions to run in the upcoming election as a Republican for the Lt. Governor of the State of Louisiana back in the summer. He has an official website that states his platform and expectations. This week he made that commitment official as he qualified to run on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 and filed all documents with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Kershaw announced he was running for Lt. Governor on June 13, 2007 and has been fairly laid back since that announcement. As qualifying comes to an end today, only three other candidates have qualified for the race. Mitch Landrieu, Democrat, currently holds the incumbent position and will likely be Kershaw’s main opponent to worry about. Two other candidates also qualified. They are Thomas Kates and Norris “Spanky” Gros (no relation to me!), who are both non-party affiliates. Gary Beard of Baton Rouge and a State Representative also announced he would run but as of noon today, he still hasn’t qualified through the Secretary of State’s office.
Kershaw was born in Abbeville, Louisiana but grew up in Kaplan, LA. He lost his father at the early age of 11 and worked hard to make ends meet for the family. He didn’t take off as a country music star until the 1990’s when Mercury Records signed him. His first album debuted in 1991. He now resides in Abbeville and also has a residence in Nashville, Tennessee. His residence in Nashville has already been questioned and may be cause for him to be disqualified to run for office in the State of Louisiana.
Kershaw has 14 albums to his credit, with several going platinum. He is married to Lorrie Morgan, who is also a country music artist. They have recorded several duets together (and at least one album) that were instant hits including “I Finally Found Somebody”, “He Drinks Tequila” and “Maybe Not Tonight” to name a few.
Sammy’s latest album is titled Honky Tonk Boots, contains the single Tennessee Girl and was released in 2006. He is still currently active in touring throughout the United States and continues to do so. Kershaw also had a starring role in the 2007 movie Ghost Town. He played the role of Marshall Morgan Duckett.
Kershaw pledges to represent the people of the great state of Louisiana and states on his website, “I will be the honest leader Louisiana needs.” It’s been awhile since we have had any honest politicians in Louisiana. Maybe this will be a refreshing change of pace for the State if he is elected?