Democratic gubernatorial candidate makes stop in Pine Belt

Democratic gubernatorial candidate makes stop in Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Madison attorney and Democratic candidate for Mississippi governor Vicki Slater campaigned in the Pine Belt Monday, telling folks that incumbent Governor Phil Bryant's failure of the state was part of her motivation for getting in the race.

Slater said the number of uninsured people rose since Bryant was elected in 2011, and while jobs had been added, those numbers did not increase due to job losses.

"If people want a different result, they need to vote for a different candidate," she said. "If we keep voting for the same person over and over again, nothing is going to change."

Slater is from the Jackson area and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She said she is not a career politician, which she said has clouded Bryant and others' outlook once they got to the Capitol.

She also made her support known for the full funding of public education in the state through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, including Initiative 42, which requires the legislature to adequately fund the program or get sued.

Slater will face two other candidates in the August Democratic primary.