Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish, announced his candidacy for Lt. Governor this morning at a press event in Belle Chasse.

He says, "Louisianians need a Lt. Governor who has real world experience creating jobs and a track record of standing up and doing what is best for our state," said Nungesser. "Louisiana needs a fighter who has been tested and delivered real results with the proven courage to stand up to large corporations, the federal government or whoever is standing in the way of doing what is right for our state and our people. Our state's $9 billion tourism industry deserves a champion who will roll up his sleeves and work with the taxicab drivers, bartenders, restaurant owners and tourism professionals to find real world solutions to improve the industry and create jobs. We don't need a career politician who thinks the solution to our problems is to use more of our hard earned tax dollars to line the pockets of Madison Avenue advertising executives. Louisiana needs help from leaders who won't back down until Louisiana is the state it can and should be and that is why I am announcing my candidacy for Lt. Governor."

Nungesser's plan for Louisiana includes:

Making sure the federal government expedites the permitting process and the EPA allows for a five year permit so the oil and gas industry - the backbone of Louisiana's economy - is never shut down again and we can act responsibly to restore our coasts.

 Protecting taxpayers so we can streamline government and reduce its costs to allow for true reform within our tax system.

Working to recruit new business and industry to Louisiana to create jobs and put people back to work.

Revive the Louisiana tourism industry by effectively selling Louisiana and encouraging visitors to see and stay in destinations throughout the entire state.

Ensuring that the BP money is used to restore those affected by the oil spill."

Nungesser has been the President of Plaquemine Parish since 06, and helped with the rebuilding after the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The republican offers more of his views at