Treasurer runoff on GOP ballot

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – Two Jackson area residents are vying to win Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election for state treasurer.
State Personnel Board Executive Director Lynn Fitch of Madison and state Sen. Lee Yancey of Brandon are both touting their conservative credentials for the post that manages the state’s finances.
Fitch led the ticket on Aug. 2 with about 38 percent of the vote, followed by Yancey with 34 percent. The two are battling to win the nomination and face Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, the Democratic nominee, in the Nov. 8 general election.
The post of treasurer is open because Republican incumbent Tate Reeves is running for lieutenant governor.
Yancey, a first-term senator, previously served as an assistant pastor and also has worked as a government liaison for the Mississippi Baptist Convention. He is currently employed as a money manager.
Fitch has held several positions in state government – most all dealing with state bonds and the budget. She was appointed to her current position – executive director of the Personnel Board – by Gov. Haley Barbour.
Both candidates have north Mississippi connections.
Yancey, who was born in Ripley, but graduated from high school in Quitman, kicked off his campaign earlier this year back in Ripley where his parents now live. His father is pastor of First Baptist Church of Ripley.
Fitch grew up in Marshall County, which is where her father still lives.