MS Down Ticket races also offer some intrigue

By | November 5, 2023

While probably not as intriguing or competitive as the gubernatorial race between incumbent Republican Tate Reeves and his Democratic challenger Brandon Presley, a host of other statewide races will be contested on Tuesday.

Here’s a look at who’s running:

Who is running for lieutenant governor?


Incumbent Republican Hosemann will seek another term as the state’s second-ranking official, which plays an important role in the state Legislature overseeing the Senate.

During the three and a half sessions that Hosemann served, a number of significant pieces of legislation were passed, including changing the state flag, a record increase in teacher pay, and the disbursement of billions of dollars in funds federal authorities in the context of COVID-19. relief bills, much of which was devoted to infrastructure – another category that saw record investment.

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D.Ryan Grover

The only Democrat running for lieutenant governor is D. Ryan Grover, a former candidate for the Oxford Board of Aldermen.

Grover, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, owns a marketing and consulting agency. After working for a few years with small businesses, nonprofits and government entities, he said he noticed how under-equipped Mississippians and Mississippi businesses had to succeed. He said the government was wasting money while citizens were struggling to earn it. It is in this spirit that Grover is running for lieutenant governor, he said, “to create an effective state government that builds on the people and works for the people.”

Who is running for Secretary of State?

Michael Watson

Incumbent Republican Michael Watson is seeking another term as secretary of state.

Watson defeated Democratic former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree to become secretary of state. Before running for secretary of state, Watson had served in the state Senate since 2008.

As secretary of state, Watson prioritized election security and created a program to train Mississippi businesses to spot signs of human trafficking.

Ty Pinkins

Ty Pinkins, the Democratic challenger for secretary of state, is a veteran, attorney and former White House communications aide. As secretary of state, Pinkins said he would go beyond the basic duties of his office to advocate for a new set of economic policies.

Pinkins became the nominee after Shuwaski Young withdrew from the race, citing medical issues.

Who is running for attorney general?

Lynn Fitch

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch is seeking re-election to her second term.

In 2019, Fitch became the state’s first Republican attorney general since 1878.

Fitch is a former state treasurer whose office represented the state in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which saw the end of national protections for abortion access. Shortly after this case, Fitch certified Mississippi’s abortion induction law, paving the way for the procedure to be banned in the state in almost all cases.

His office has also signed on to a number of lawsuits filed by other states’ attorneys general that challenge President Joe Biden’s administration.

Greta Martin

Democrat Greta Kemp Martin is a Jackson-based attorney and currently director of litigation at Disability Rights Mississippi.

Kemp Martin said a panel of federal appeals judges made the right decision on Aug. 4 when they ruled that banning voting in Mississippi after a conviction for crimes including forgery and bigamy, constituted a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on voting. cruel and unusual punishment.


White shad

Republican Auditor Shad White is seeking a second full term. He was appointed auditor by Governor Phil Bryant in 2018 and first elected in 2019, unopposed.

White’s office was instrumental in uncovering and investigating the largest welfare fraud in state history, which involved high-profile names such as Hall of Famers Brett Favre and Bryant. the fame of professional football.

Larry Bradford

Democrat Larry Bradford is mayor of Anguilla, a city of fewer than 500 people.

Who is running for the position of treasurer?

David McRae

Outgoing Republican state treasurer David McRae is seeking a second term as state treasurer.

As treasurer, McRae helps oversee the state’s investment portfolio. During a June speech at the 2022 Neshoba County Fair, McRae said his office returned about $100 million to the treasury through its investments, as well as about $55 million in unclaimed property in treatment course since the beginning of this year.

McRae advocated for college savings plans, rather than federal intervention, to address the rising costs of attending college.

Addie Green

Democrat Addie Green is a former Bolton Board of Alderman who also ran against McRae in 2019, receiving 39.2% of the vote.

Who is running for Agriculture Commissioner?

Andy Gipson

Outgoing Republican Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson is seeking a second full term.

Gipson, an attorney and former member of the state House of Representatives, was appointed to the position after former Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected in 2019 by a margin of about 18%.

Gipson has been a leading advocate for Mississippi products through his “Made in Mississippi” campaign.

Robert Bradford

Robert Bradford, a Democrat, currently serves as director of the Natchez-Adams County Homeland Security Program, Floodplain Management Program, 9-1-1 Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Management Agency, according to his website.

Who is running for the position of insurance commissioner?

Mike Chaney

Republican Mike Chaney is the state’s longest-serving official, having first taken office in 2008.

As insurance commissioner, Chaney not only regulates the insurance industry, but also serves as state fire marshal.

Before being elected insurance commissioner, Chaney spent 15 years in the state Legislature.

In the Republican primary, Chaney received about 80% of the vote, compared to about 20% for his challenger Mitch Young.

Bruce Burton

Democrat Bruce Burton is a Belzoni attorney and a former candidate for District Four Court of Appeals in the 2022 election.

Ross Reily can be reached by email at [email protected] or 601-573-2952. You can follow him on Twitter @GreenOkra1.

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