MBJ – Hudson eyeing statewide office

Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson, a Democrat, has said she is running, but she hasn’t completely decided which office is going to be her jumping off place.

“I have definitely decided that I am going to run for statewide office,” Hudson told the Mississippi Business Journal. “I am very excited about being a part of the team to help move Mississippi up from the bottom rung of the national ladder, and look forward to serving in a capacity that best assists the Mississippi that is a sleeping giant. We have talent, resources and opportunities that have yet to be awakened. It’s time for us to wake up and realize our true potential.”

Hudson has already announced she is not going to run for mayor of Greenville again after her second term expires.

But she still has a decision to make, whether to run for lieutenant governor or governor.

Hudson has been very close with Hood over the years. So, it is plausible that Hudson might be keeping her cards close to the vest, not wanting to get into a competition with Hood at this point in her career.

If Hood, as everyone expects, runs for governor, the guess here is Hudson would run for lieutenant governor.

Ross Reilly
Mississippi Business Journal
7/27/9