BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday drew his first Republican challenger in next year's governor's race, a deep-pocketed Baton Rouge businessman who said he's ready to spend millions of dollars challenging the Democratic incumbent.
Eddie Rispone filed state paperwork with the ethics administration office declaring his candidacy for the 2019 election.
"I am definitely running. This is it," Rispone said in an interview with The Associated Press.