RELEASE:

Tyner cites party unity in withdrawing from PSC Race.

Jackson, MS

Yesterday, candidate Mitch Tyner, sent a request to Republican Chairman Joe Nosef requesting that his name be removed from consideration in the upcoming Republican primary for Public Service Commissioner.

Tyner had been approached to enter the race last fall when it appeared that Republican Commissioner Lynn Posey might not seek reelection. Democrat Cecil Brown entered the race last year and Tyner’s supporters did not want to see this seat controlled by the democrats.

Only two days before the qualifying deadline, Republican Supervisor Tony Greer withdrew his re-election bid for Hinds County Supervisor and qualified to run for the Public Service Commission. Rather than divide the Republican Party and put this seat at risk to the Democrats, Tyner has elected to withdraw from the race.

Tyner said; “Last year the party had a very divisive U.S. Senate race. The party cannot remain divided and continue to win elections, especially in districts so evenly split like Mississippi’s Central District. I’ve known Tony Greer since college. He has served several terms as a Clinton alderman as well as the unexpired term of Mayor Fisher’s supervisor seat. I want to do my part in restoring party unity and electing good conservative candidates.”

Addressing rumors that Haley Barbour played a role in Tyner’s decision, Tyner states; “Governor Barbour and I did not discuss the PSC race but we have both expressed an interest in party unity all the way down the ticket.”

3/24/15