By Lloyd Gray/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis brought his Republican gubernatorial campaign to Northeast Mississippi on Tuesday and continued to emphasize his private sector experience.
Dennis, a contractor and former chairman of the New Orleans Federal Reserve Board, told the Union County Republican Club his leadership in business and civic affairs puts him in a better position to lead the state than a career politician.
Dennis’ chief rival in the Aug. 2 Republican primary, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, has served in public office since 1992 after a career in law enforcement. Bryant is considered the front-runner in the race, which also includes another Coast businessman, Ron Williams, and Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday, a retired National Guard general.
The winner will face the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 8 general election.
Dennis said the choice in the election is clear.
“Step forward or backward 30 years – that’s the choice,” he said.
About 25 people attended the event at the Magnolia Civic Center.
Dennis told the crowd that it was “a privilege, a pleasure and a honor to run for governor.”