PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Hal Marx is making a run for Jackson in 2019. The Petal mayor confirmed to WDAM on Thursday morning he's planning to run for governor of Mississippi.
Marx said he will make an official announcement in the coming weeks.
"Simply looking at the state of our country, the state of our state, listening to people who are frustrated by our government, they want a voice. I feel like I will be a good representation of the average Mississippian, the people in the middle class, the people who sometimes feel like they have lost their voice," said Marx.
First elected in 2009, Marx, a Republican, is now serving his third term as Mayor of Petal.
Who Marx will be running against in 2019 is still up in the air.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to enter the 2019 gubernatorial election after serving the maximum two terms as lieutenant governor.
Another popular name in the discussion is Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Hood has still not decided whether he will enter the race for governor or run for reelection as attorney general.
Whoever wins the election will replace Gov. Phil Bryant, who is ineligible to run for a third term.