JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) –
Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford is announcing he will run for Mississippi Lieutenant Governor in 2019. Hughes has served in the Mississippi House since 2016. As a businessman and real estate attorney, Hughes says he’s ready to take a common sense approach and transparency to the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
"I want to make a difference in Mississippi," said Hughes. "I think the time is now. People have had a chance to see what single party rule has done and what it has not done. And I don’t think it has improved our education or put more food on the table. Our neighboring states are beating us up. Beating us. We can do better and I want to bring a transparent legitimate way to operating our government."
Hughes thinks his biggest challenge will be convincing Mississippians that it’s OK to vote for the person and not the party.
"Too many people are focused on voting for the R or voting for the D. I want people to vote for the T which is teachers. Because that’s what we have to do. We have to put public education of all children as our number one priority in Mississippi."
When Hughes ran for his current position in the legislature, he ran on a platform of public education, mental health, and roads and bridges. He notes that it wasn’t until he was in the Army that he realized something he now uses as a slogan. "It all starts with education" is a phrase you’ll see on the bottom of emails or on social media posts by Hughes. It will also be prominently featured along the side of his campaign bus.
One reason Hughes says he is announcing early is to allow time to campaign and meet voters in all 82 counties. Thursday’s schedule includes announcements in all areas of the state Thursday including: Jackson, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, and Meridian.
Hughes is the first to announce his candidacy for the Lt. Governor’s race in 2019.
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