Democrat Luckett cites his Clarksdale revitalization efforts in his run for Miss. governor

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale.

“That whole summer, I had no fingerprints. I had sanded them off,” the 63-year-old recalled as he drove through a comfortable subdivision in Clarksdale, pointing out houses where he did prep work, painted walls or hung wallpaper.

Now an attorney and businessman, Luckett is running this year as a Democrat for Mississippi governor. He says wants to help revitalize the state’s economy just as he has helped pump new life into the economy of Clarksdale, a city of about 18,000 in the northern Mississippi Delta.