Now That Reeves Has Made It Official…
State Treasurer Tate Reeves announced last night that he will formally kick off his campaign for lieutenant governor on Monday with a series of stops, beginning with his hometown of Florence.
Stops on his three day tour include: Florence, Olive Branch, Tupelo, Leland, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Columbus, Magee, and Laurel. Here is a copy of the flyer announcing his tour.
Reeves issued this statement: “I’m running for Lt. Governor to fight for policies that will make our state the best place for small businesses and entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, innovate and create jobs. We need an outsider as Lt. Governor – someone with a private sector background who has training in economics and experience managing money. As Lt. Governor I will continue to act as a watchdog for taxpayers and will always put Mississippi first. My top priorities will be improving public education, making state government more efficient and accountable and creating the best possible environment for creating new jobs and economic growth.”
Reeves basically confirmed what everyone knew, but he is- I believe- the last card to fall in the 2011 deck. The two-term treasurer will be pitted against state Sen. Billy Hewes in the race to replace Phil Bryant. As of right now, the Republican primary is the general election with no Democratic candidate qualified.
In the race to replace Reeves, state Sen. Lee Yancey is already in. Lucien Smith and Lynn Fitch were waiting on Reeves to make his formal announcement before officially revealing their plans; so I would expect to hear something from them in the very near future.
** Keep up with all the statewide candidates at the 2011 Big Board.