Two of State’s Three Republican Candidates for Governor on Coast Monday


Voters here in South Mississippi and throughout the state will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the primaries on Aug. 6, deciding which candidates will make it to the November 5 general election, and many candidates are ramping up their travel on the statewide campaign trail. Monday, two of the three Republican candidates for governor will be right here in South Mississippi.

Chances are you caught them in a recent televised debate. But today, candidates Bill Waller Jr. and Robert Foster will be entertaining folks here in South Mississippi.

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Former state supreme court justice Bill Waller Jr. will be speaking at the Jeff Davis campus cafeteria at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport at 11:30 am at a meeting held by the Harrison County Republican Women. The public is invited to attend.

Then, starting at 2:30 pm Monday afternoon, candidate Robert Foster will be visiting with locals at three meet and greets on the Coast. Foster will be at the Harbor View Cafe in Long Beach at 2:30 pm, at Dan B’s in Bay St. Louis at 4:30 pm and at the Whiskey Bar in Pass Christian at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to come out for each of the three meet and greets this afternoon.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves is the third candidate seeking the Republican nomination come Aug. 6. The winner of the August primary election will be the Republican candidate for governor on the state’s general election ballot come Nov. 5.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams ( will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!


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