Reeves launches GOP campaign for Miss. lt. gov

By The Associated Press

FLORENCE — Republican Tate Reeves says his two terms as state treasurer have prepared him to become Mississippi lieutenant governor.

Reeves is traveling the state to launch his campaign for the state’s second-highest office. His first stop Monday was in Florence, where he grew up.

Reeves says he has been a watchdog of Mississippi’s money and has never become “a creature of government.”

He faces Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

No Democrat has announced in the race yet. Candidates’ filing deadline is March 1. Party primaries are Aug. 2, and the general election is Nov. 8.

The current lieutenant governor, Phil Bryant, is running for governor.