HARAHAN, LA. - In a stunning early development in the race for Secretary of State, former State Senator A.G. Crowe won the endorsement of the Jefferson Parish Republican Party Executive Committee over home parish Representative Julie Stokes. Earlier this week, more than 70 Republican Parish Executive Committee Members, State Central Committee Members and elected officials gathered in Harahan to interview the candidates and then, in a secret ballot vote, endorsed the candidate they believed best represented Republican principles.
Crowe (R – Pearl River) led the first ballot over Stokes (R – Metairie), acting Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R- Baton Rouge) and Representative Rick Edmonds (R – Baton Rouge). The first ballot was Crowe 30, Stokes 23, Ardoin 11, and Edmonds 8. The sizable party leadership group in the state’s most populous Republican parish requires a candidate to win more than 50% of the group’s vote for a candidate to earn an endorsement. The JPREC’s rules require a runoff between the top two vote getters if no candidate reaches 50% on the first ballot. On the second ballot, Crowe received 38 votes to Stokes’ 33. The JPREC’s endorsement is the first parish party endorsement made in the campaign. Said Crowe, “I am excited to earn this endorsement. The organization considered the voting histories of the candidates, and I am proud to be their standard bearer of conservative Republican principles. I’ve already logged over 5,000 miles in the last 14 days, crossing the state and meeting people to share my platform and professional history. I am encouraged by the significant support I am gaining every day. Each candidate knew that the early endorsement from this influential Republican body would be a major boost to a campaign. I am very happy to win their support.”
State Representative Polly Thomas (R – Metairie), Chair of the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee, said “The members believe former Senator Crowe embodies Republican principles of compassion, adherence to the Constitution, and fiscal conservatism. We urge voters to cast their votes for him on November 6 or during the early voting period October 23 through October 30.” The endorsement committee is composed of elected members of the Jefferson Republican Parish Executive Committee, elected members of the Republican State Central Committee who reside in Jefferson Parish, the Presidents of the Republican Women’s Clubs of Jefferson Parish, and Republican elected officials who reside in Jefferson Parish.
Crowe served in the House of Representative for 8 years and in the Louisiana Senate for another 8 before deciding in 2015 not to seek re-election to a third term in the Senate. During his years as a legislator, Crowe earned the reputation as a strong, fiscal conservative who argued against wasteful spending and big government. He was a consistent leader in ratings by the state’s largest business and industry group, the Louisiana Association for Business and Industry (LABI), and the Louisiana Family Forum, the state’s leading organization promoting family values.