Governor John Bel Edwards made a campaign stop in Lake Charles on Tuesday as part of his statewide election tour week. Local educators and public officials rallied at Luna Bar and Grill as he laid out his plans for continued investment in public education and continued prosperity.

“It’s about leadership. It’s about people over politics and how important it is to pay that mortgage and get that health care,” he said referencing the financial difficulties public educators faced for 10 years without a raise. Most recently, in addition to teacher raises, Edwards said the state has seen a $500 million revenue surplus, record low unemployment and record high personal income.

“If we were doing better but not making critical investments it wouldn’t be worthwhile,” he

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