Candidates in Mississippi statewide and regional primaries - - Jackson, MS

Candidates in Mississippi statewide and regional primaries

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Statewide primaries being held Tuesday in Mississippi:

GOVERNOR: First-term Republican incumbent Phil Bryant faces Mitch Young, a Navy veteran. Three candidates are in the Democratic primary: Robert Gray, a Jackson truck driver; Dr. Valerie Adream Smartt Short of Ridgeland, an obstetrician-gynecologist and military veteran; and Vicki Slater of Madison, an attorney.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: First-term Republican incumbent Tate Reeves faces Alisha Nelson McElhenney, who lives in Moss Point and teaches in Alabama. Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary: Jelani Barr, a Greenwood bookkeeper; and Tim Johnson of Madison, who served as a Republican state senator from 1996 to 2004 and switched to the Democratic Party this year to run for lieutenant governor.

TREASURER: First-term Republican incumbent Lynn Fitch is challenged by David McRae, a Ridgeland attorney.

AUDITOR: Second-term Republican incumbent Stacey Pickering is challenged by longtime Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: Second-term Republican incumbent Mike Chaney is challenged by body shop owner John Mosley of Clinton.

Regional primaries:

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, CENTRAL DISTRICT: Brent Bailey of Canton and Tony Greer of Clinton compete in the Republican primary. Cecil Brown of Jackson and Bruce Wilder Burton compete in the Democratic primary.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, SOUTHERN DISTRICT: Sam Britton of Laurel, Mike Collier of Hattiesburg and Tony Smith of Picayune compete in the Republican primary.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER, NORTHERN DISTRICT: Jimmie D. Mills of Tupelo faces incumbent Mike Tagert, who has held the post since a February 2011 special election.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER, CENTRAL DISTRICT: Robert Amos of Jackson, Mary Coleman of Jackson and Natasha Magee-Woods of Madison compete in the Democratic primary.

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