By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
SHREVEPORT — Among the events apart from the main sessions of the evangelism conference was the senior adult lunch. Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, was the guest speaker and shared about how New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has helped turn what was once the bloodiest prison in America into a much safer place today.
One topic he discussed was a potential run for governor of Louisiana. Though some in the state are hoping he runs for the office – with signs in support of his potential candidacy popping up around Louisiana and the Facebook page “We Want Warden Burl Cain La Governor 2015” garnering nearly 1,600 likes so far – Cain told a room full of more than 600 senior adults that he has not made up his mind yet to enter the race. Cain said that he hopes to make a decision whether to run in the next month or two.
“I haven’t committed to that,” said Cain, who has the longest tenure of any warden of a state penitentiary in the United States. “I am praying about it. But I haven’t heard the answer yet because I can’t do that until I hear from God. I’ve gotta know that’s the right thing to do.”
“Right now we’re praying and we’re contemplating and thinking,” he said. “But not committed.”