By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – One touts his experience in the Legislature as essential to being an effective lieutenant governor. The other says an outsider’s perspective is needed.
Billy Hewes and Tate Reeves both visited the Daily Journal on Wednesday for separate editorial board meetings and continued the themes of their Republican primary campaign for the state’s second highest office.
Hewes, the Senate president pro tem from Gulfport, and Reeves, the state treasurer and Rankin County native, are headed for an Aug. 2 primary showdown. Since there’s no Democrat in the race, and only a nominal third-party candidate in November, the winner should be determined that day.
“The difference in this race is the ability to lead,” said Hewes, a 20-year legislative veteran. “The overwhelming majority of Mississippians want someone with experience in this position.”
Reeves said in two terms as treasurer he’s stood up to “those inside the Capitol who wanted to tax more, spend more and borrow more … I think it’s that kind of independent leadership that our Senate needs.”
The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, appoints committee chairs and can determine the fate of legislation. Both men said they’ll appoint conservative committee heads, while Hewes emphasized “trust factors” and Reeves “competence” in appointments.
Both took jabs at the other and said their campaigns are on track for victory.