Down ticket MS races also offer some intrigue – US 247 News


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

Here is a look at who is running:

Who is running for lieutenant governor?

Delbert Hosemann

Incumbent Republican Hosemann will run for another term as the state’s No. 2 official, who plays an important role in the state Legislature overseeing the Senate.

In the three and a half sessions that Hosemann has served, a number of important pieces of legislation have passed, including changing the state flag, a record-setting increase to teacher pay and the disbursement of billions of dollars of federal funds through COVID-19 relief bills, much of which went to infrastructure — another category that saw record investment.

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Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for several statewide and local races.

Mr. Ryan Grover

The lone Democrat to file for the lieutenant governor’s race 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 with small businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities for a few years, he said he noticed how under-equipped Mississippians and Mississippi businesses are to be successful. He said the government was wasting money while citizens struggled to make it. With that in mind, Grover is running for lieutenant governor, he said, “to create an efficient state government that is of the people and works for the people.”

Who is running for secretary of state?

Michael Watson

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson is seeking reelection with a challenge from Democat Ty Pinkins.

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

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

As secretary of state, Watson has prioritized election security and created a program aimed at training Mississippi businesses to spot the signs of human trafficking.