JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi’s second-term Republican lieutenant governor has officially entered the race for governor.
Tate Reeves filed qualifying papers Thursday at the state Republican Party headquarters, ending months of speculation about his plans.
“I believe in the great potential of our state and of our people,” said Reeves, in a press release sent out shortly after his announcement. “We are growing a strong economy that will provide good-paying careers for the next generation. Mississippi needs conservative leaders who will stand with President Trump and work to strengthen our state.”
The current Republican governor, Phil Bryant, cannot seek a third term.
Two other Republicans, Petal Mayor Hal Marx and state representative Robert Forster of Hernando, previously announced that they will run for the state’s top office; but Marx pulled out Thursday in order to support his wife as she fights cancer.
Democrats who have already announced for governor are fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood and retired Jackson State University employee Velesha P. Williams.