Kershaw Announces Candidacy

Sammy Kershaw announced his bid as a Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. of Louisiana at a Kaplan, La., press conference June 13th.

"I am proud to be a citizen of this state and I want to be a part of building its future," Kershaw said in a statement announcing his candidacy. "I’m committed to ensuring that the unique culture and proud heritage of this state is preserved and promoted."

Kershaw has concert dates through August, which will not be affected by his new status as a stumping politician, according to a rep for his agency, Bobby Roberts Co.

A novice to electoral politics, Kershaw is aiming high and cites his music industry experience as qualification to serve in office.

"I am not afraid to make a difficult decision. I know that with leadership comes responsibility," he said. "For the past 20 years I have taken care of my employees and their families and have learned that leadership means personal sacrifice. It means putting the needs of others before your own.

"I am going to bring that same mentality to Baton Rouge. … I will lead the effort of expanding Louisiana’s reach and creating economic diversification through what is uniquely ours."

Kershaw’s platform includes making the entertainment industry "a viable source of economic development" in Louisiana and being part of "a reform movement that begins with strengthening our ethic laws."

Kershaw is married to fellow country star Lorrie Morgan.