Smith running for Miss. treasurer as Republican

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Republican Lucien Smith says he’s running for state treasurer because he wants to manage Mississippi’s finances to help keep taxes from increasing.

Smith is traveling the state this week to launch his campaign. He’s an attorney and certified public funds investment manager.

Smith was a budget adviser for Gov. Haley Barbour, leaving the job in December. He now works for a private law firm.

The current state treasurer, Republican Tate Reeves, is running for lieutenant governor this year. Reeves has been treasurer for two terms.

Republicans Lynn Fitch and Lee Yancey also are running for treasurer. No Democrat has entered the race.

Candidates’ qualifying deadline is March 1. Primaries are Aug. 2, and the general election is Nov. 8.