By Bobby Harrison | NEMS Daily Journal Jackson bureau
JACKSON – Based on the party nominees for governor, Mississippi voters are not interested in “throwing the bums out.”
The two candidates running for governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, have been involved in politics for multiple elections and have extensive records in public office.
The Daily Journal today takes a look at the two candidates’ careers in public office in separate stories on Page 7A. In Monday’s paper, the Journal will compare the two candidates’ stances on key state issues.
Bryant is perhaps best known for his strong conservative stances on both fiscal and social issues. DuPree, the first black mayor of Hattiesburg in modern times, is trying to accomplish the same feat on the state level.
They are vying to replace Republican Gov. Haley Barbour who is completing his second and final term.
Bryant, 56, first ran for political office in the 1980s and DuPree, 57, was appointed to the Hattiesburg School Board in the 1980s.
All of Bryant’s experience has been in state government. DuPree’s experience has been in city and county governments.
Bryant lost his first election – for the Rankin County Board of Supervisors in the 1980s – but he hasn’t lost since.
Both candidates defied anti-incumbent politician sentiment so prevalent around the nation to defeat political newcomers in their August party primaries. Bryant defeated Gulf Coast contractor Dave Dennis and other Republican challengers while DuPree ousted Clarksdale attorney-businessman Bill Luckett and other Democratic challengers.
Bryant, as he is now, was a heavy favorite in his primary. DuPree was somewhat of an underdog in the Democratic primary. The general election is Nov. 8.