Tate Reeves Announces Campaign for Lt. Governor

Flowood, Mississippi –

Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor today in a series of stops across the state.

Starting in his hometown of Florence, Mississippi, this morning, Reeves was joined by friends, family, supporters and students in the Florence Middle School gymnasium. The school principal, Beverly Weathersby, who was Tate’s first grade teacher, introduced Reeves. “I always knew Tate was destined for big things,” she said in her introduction.

In his remarks to the crowd, Reeves discussed the values he developed and lessons he learned growing up in the small town of Florence. Expressing his belief that our state’s best days lie ahead, he stated, “I started first grade in that building next door about the same time Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. And since yesterday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, I think I should sum up my reason for being here today by using his words: ‘While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.’ And those beliefs are why I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for the office of Lieutenant Governor.”

In discussing his values and the future of Mississippi, Reeves reiterated his pro-life stance and commitment to protecting the unborn, stating, “If you believe Mississippi can be a state with no abortion clinics and thus truly the safest place in America for the unborn, then I’m your candidate.”

Reeves expressed his desire to continue his role as a watchdog for taxpayers and cited his experience in the private sector and accomplishments managing the treasury for the last seven years as reasons voters should choose him in the August 2nd Republican primary. “I worked hard every day to get our debt burden in Mississippi under control. And I worked to protect our state’s credit rating,” he said.

Reeves made clear that as Lt. Governor he will focus on policies that will make Mississippi a great place to do business and provide a foundation for future economic growth, including limiting the size of state government, as well as the tax burden on Mississippi citizens. “There are still people who believe government can spend Mississippians money better than Mississippians can. Those people have a great deal of power in our state capitol. They have power in both parties. They don’t particularly care whether Democrats or Republicans win, they just want the insiders to win. And the last thing they want is a watchdog that answers only to the people of Mississippi. Well, I have some news for them: a watchdog is what they are about to get.”

The complete three-day announcement tour schedule is available on our website at www.TateReeves.com. The DeSoto County stop in Olive Branch was postponed today due to weather and will be re-scheduled for later this week.

Tate Reeves Press Release
2/7/11