Do the right thing; vote in Tuesday’s election

In the gubernatorial race, The Mississippi Press’ editorial board has endorsed Republican Dave Dennis of Pass Christian, believing he has the leadership ability, business background and knowledge of the issues that will serve the state well.

The newspaper also has endorsed in the Republican race for lieutenant governor, recommending state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport. In addition to his business background, he has served five terms in the state Senate — most recently as its president pro tem.

Sen. Hewes understands the legislative process and can provide the steady leadership the Senate will need as it tackles the challenges facing Mississippi.

Moreover, the fact that both he and Mr. Dennis are Gulf Coast residents is significant for south Mississippi. Their election would ensure that the coastal counties get the state-level attention they deserve.

Mississippi Press Editorial
7/31/11