Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves visited the Coast, kicking off his 2019 GOP gubernatorial campaign.
Several lawmakers and residents gathered at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in support of candidate Tate Reeves. He discussed why he believes he’s the right fit for the governor position. “I’m passionate about fiscal responsibility. I’m all for lowering the tax burden on Mississippi citizens, but also keeping our debt burden low as well.”
The candidate is in the final year of his term as lieutenant governor and also served two terms as state treasurer. Reeves brought up experience as he tells News 25 he had a huge influence on bringing BP oil spill money to the Coast. “I stood up for the Gulf Coast when it may or may not have been politically popular everywhere, but I did what I believed was right. I think that’s what the citizens of the Gulf Coast will get if I’m fortunate enough to get elected.”
Reeves also talked about improving the educational outcomes of the youth. However, local protesters tell News 25 Reeves only has interest in private schools. Protester Briley Richmond said, “I do know that it seems like every time something comes up in the education in the budget, he’s anti-public education.”
Protester Camilla Joy Moore said, “He goes out here and tells everybody he supports education, but that’s not what he actually does. That’s not the action that’s being shown.”
Reeves will run against Attorney General Jim Hood for the governor position. He believes his will to say no on certain issues gives him the edge. “I ran on the theme of being a watchdog for the tax payers. I think I will put my fiscal responsibility pedigree against anyone that’s ever run for office in Mississippi.”