Brandon Trosclair announces candidacy for Louisiana Secretary of State

Brandon Trosclair

Pledging to restore public trust in the conduct of Louisiana’s elections—tarnished by years of mismanagement and controversy—businessman and Republican activist Brandon Trosclair today announced his candidacy for Secretary of State.

“Like many of my fellow citizens, I’m appalled by the trainwreck of political infighting and questionable ethics that has characterized the current Secretary of State’s time in office,” Trosclair said.  “He’s had multiple chances to clean up the mess he’s made.  It’s time for a change.  We need fresh leadership in this important office.”

Unlike the current Secretary of State, who is a former lobbyist and career politician, Brandon Trosclair is a successful businessman, conservative activist, and proven defender of individual liberty.  As owner of Ralph’s, a 13-store grocery chain, Trosclair says, “Every day, I’m meeting face-to-face with my customers.  I understand their needs and concerns.  They respect that I’m not someone who is beholden to special interests.  I built my business by earning their trust and that’s how I’ll serve as Secretary of State.”

Twice the current Secretary of State’s efforts to replace aging voting machines have been halted in the face of bid-rigging allegations (whereby a favored vendor is given an inside track), voided contracts, and charges of political meddling.  He has faced withering criticism from state procurement officials, Governor Edwards, and leaders of both parties for his lack of transparency and attempts to allegedly manipulate the outcome.

A long-time grass-roots conservative leader, Trosclair is most prominently known for his successful legal challenge of the Biden Administration’s attempt to force employers to fire workers who chose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  “I’m always going to stand up for my workers and for citizens across this state.  My successful lawsuit against Joe Biden’s power-grab wasn’t about vaccines, pro or con.  It was about defending an individual’s right to make their own medical decisions.  It was about standing up to the federal government’s attempted coercion of our lawful rights.  That’s the determination and uncompromising principle I promise to apply to overseeing our elections.”

Trosclair described his plan to safeguard Louisiana’s election system as common sense, pragmatic and proven.  First, people, not machines, will ultimately determine election outcomes.  Technology has its role in tabulation and other functions.  But Trosclair will no longer rely on machines to validate election results.  Second, paper ballots will be central to assuring election integrity.  A secure hand count of physical ballots must be required for all Louisiana election certifications.  A physical ballot must be the official, auditable record for Louisiana elections.  Third, voter registrations will be managed by Louisiana officials and will not be outsourced to untrustworthy out-of-state vendors.  Each parish (not outside parties) will be responsible for keeping voter registrations accurate and up-to-date.  Finally, all RFPs soliciting outside election vendors will be conducted in a fully transparent and ethical manner.  No political favors, no inside deals and no more allegations of “bid-rigging.”

Citizens who share Brandon’s commitment to restoring trust in Louisiana’s elections are invited to join the movement by going to  “At the end of the day, this campaign isn’t about me, it’s about us—‘We the People,’” Trosclair said.  “I can make this happen, but only if I have your help.  Together, we can fix a flawed system.  Together, we can renew our collective faith that those who’ve been chosen to govern our State—and nationally—were truly chosen by a majority of the people.”