By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Mike Tagert says he believes he has the expertise to ensure that the office of transportation commissioner has a positive impact on the economic development of north Mississippi.
Tagert, president of the Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Council, said that is why he is running for the vacant office of Northern District transportation commissioner.
Tagert, 40, who is a Republican, formally announced his candidacy Tuesday.
“Transportation means jobs for north Mississippi,” Tagert said in a prepared statement. “It is the catalyst for economic development. Through my work experience and education, I have the needed understanding and the know-how to promote all modes of transportation for the sake of private investment and jobs creation.”
Tagert, who lives in Starkville, said the Waterway Development Council is a public-private enterprise that promotes the economic development opportunities of the Tenn-Tom. In his current position, he said, he promotes all modes of transportation, but with a special emphasis on water routes.
He said he could use his knowledge and expertise in a more expansive manner as transportation commissioner.
“My interest is economic development,” he said. “That is what we do.”
The nonpartisan election to fill the vacant post is set for Jan. 11. The post is open because of the unexpected death in October of Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs.
Tagert has never run for political office.
He served in the United States Marine Corps and later obtained an undergraduate degree from Millsaps and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.
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