Lieutenant governor candidate Hewes announces key appointments he would make

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Lieutenant governor candidate Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, took the unusual step Tuesday of announcing some of his key committee chair appointments should he win the office.

Hewes, the current Senate president pro-tem, said he would support Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian, to fill his slot. Senate president pro-tem is elected by the members, but historically the chamber has given deference to the lieutenant governor’s choice to fill the post.

Hewes said he would keep the current money chairs — Doug Davis, R-Hernando, in Appropriations and Dean Kirby, R-Pearl in Finance – in place.

Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, would be appointed Judiciary A chair and Michael Watson, R-Moss Point, would fill the Education chair post, Hewes said during a Tuesday morning news conference in the state Capitol.

Hewes refused to name his preference for other chairs. There are more thn 30 committees in the 52-member Senate.

Hewes is facing Treasurer Tate Reeves in the Aug. 2 Republican primary for the open seat of lieutenant governor. No Democrat is running for the post.