Hernando legislator enters race for governor

Rep. Robert Foster challenging Tate Reeves for GOP nomination

Hernando legislator enters race for governor
Rep. Robert Foster (R-Hernando), candidate for governor

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves will have some competition in his effort to win the Republican nomination for governor later this year. Robert Foster, a GOP state representative from Hernando, formally declared his candidacy at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters on Tuesday morning.

The 35-year-old has been in the legislature since 2016 and owns a farm and agribusiness in Desoto County. He is an Ole Miss graduate with a wife and two children, and he believes his youth and short political resume are a good thing.

“I have a a business background, so I’ll look at things a little bit different than somebody that’s had a career in politics," he told reporters at a his first news conference. "I understand first-hand what working under the regulations and taxation of government does to a small business, and I also know the responsibility of signing the front of a paycheck. I understand the struggles of everyday families and everyday small business people, and I know what we need to do to help make those people’s lives better.”

Other candidates could still enter the race; the filing deadline in March 1. For now, Reeves is the only other candidate who has officially entered the race for the Republican nomination. Democrats who have announced include Attorney General Jim Hood and Velesha Williams. Party primaries will be held on August 6. The general election is November 5.

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