Runoff candidates diverge on role of Louisiana's treasurer

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The competition to be Louisiana's next treasurer is entering its final week. The two candidates in the Nov. 18 runoff are sparring over the role of the state's money manager and their qualifications for the job.

But Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder have had trouble drawing interest to the race.

Schroder is a former state House member, ex-law enforcement official and businessman from St. Tammany Parish. He's running on his legislative record as a fiscal conservative and positioning himself in the same mold as John Kennedy, a Republican who left the treasurer's office after winning the U.S. Senate election.

A lawyer from Jefferson Parish, Edwards says he's more qualified to be treasurer, citing his accounting and legal degrees. He says Schroder is misleading people about the job's scope.

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