A large number of South Mississippi mayors joined together on the steps of Gulfport City Hall today to announce their endorsement of Lt. Governor Tate Reeves for Mississippi governor. This includes Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes who previously faced Reeves back in the 2011 lieutenant governor primary.
Among the local mayors on hand at today’s announcement were Waveland Mayor Mike Smith, Biloxi Mayor Fofo Gilich, D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave, Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell, and Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott.
Mayor Hewes said, “Having had the relationship with the Lieutenant Governor that we’ve had and the fact that he’s shown support for this Gulf Coast, we felt it was an easy, but necessary thing to do and we wanted to show support accordingly.”
Mayor Gilich said, “As mayor, you know, the basic form of government, we don’t have a lot of time to spend in Jackson fighting. It’s great to have a friend that will do what’s needed, who understands what our challenges are.”
Lt. Gov. Reeves said, “The people on the Gulf Coast have seen my willingness to stand up in the face of adversity and the face of a lot of fighting from all over the place to do what’s right for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I did it during the BP settlement negotiations. My argument from day one since the vast majority of the oil spill happened on the Gulf Coast, the vast majority of the money ought to come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
Also in the race for governor is State Attorney General Jim Hood, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, and Jackson State University employee Velesha P. Williams on the Democratic ticket.
Former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and Robert Foster on the Republican ticket.