BATON ROUGE, La. (PPN) – Today the Democratic State Central Committee chose to unanimously endorse Derrick Edwards, the only Democrat candidate for the State Treasurer’s race.
There was major criticism coming from local democrats who said that the endorsement should have been made earlier on in the race. Some feel as though the endorsement will not make a major impact due to how late in the race the endorsement was given.
Mr. Edwards has a very unique story on his journey to becoming a candidate for State Treasurer.
Mr. Edwards has a spinal cord injury as a result from playing football in high school, despite his injury he graduated on time with his high school class at John F Kennedy high school. Mr. Edwards then went on to graduate from Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business in May 1997, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Accounting.
In May 1998, Mr. Edwards received a Masters of Accounting degree from Tulane University. After receiving his master’s degree from Tulane University, Mr. Edwards then applied to and was accepted in Loyola University School of Law, where he received his law degree in May 2003.
Mr. Edwards continues to make a difference in his community and state by speaking at schools, churches and hospitals about not giving up in life, no matter what trials and tribulations you face in life. His motto is to remember, “The Only Disability in Life is Giving Up, Never Give Up.”
Edwards faces Republican former Rep. John Schroder, of St. Tammany Parish, on the runoff ballot.
Despite Mr. Edwards leading the votes in the primary election, Schroder is still considered the front-runner in the competition after Republicans in the six-candidate primary split 67 percent of the primary vote.