Moran says office can take greater role in economic development

JACKSON, Miss. — Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, the Democratic candidate for state treasurer, said the officeholder must take a more active role in Mississippi’s economic development.

Speaking Monday at a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Moran said the treasurer sits on a dozen state boards — many of which lend themselves to a greater role on economic issues.

The Republican nominee, Lynn Fitch, was invited to speak but said she had a scheduling conflict.

Moran is the second-term mayor of Ocean Springs and once managed Mississippi’s trade office in Germany. She had previously worked as an economist at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.