JACKSON, Miss.–Tuesday is the general election in Mississippi and you’ll be electing a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, ag commissioner, state treasurer, public service commissioners, and deciding whether or not to change the state constitution.
Candidates were making last-minute pitches Monday. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Phillip Gunn and candidate for attorney general Mike Hurst held a Get Out the Vote rally at the Ag Museum.
Democrats were expected to have local rallies.
Democrat candidate for governor Robert Gray was a guest on the Gallo Radio Show.
“He’s not doing what he’s supposed to do, what he needs to do,” said Gray, talking about Bryant. “That’s why he’s spent so much money trying to get elected because he’s not doing his job and he knows he’s not doing his job.”
Gray, a truck driver by trade, said Bryant has failed to invest in infrastructure to keep companies in Mississippi.
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Bryant has campaigned on his record of bringing 40,000 jobs to Mississippi in four years.
Gray also acknowledged a lack of support from the state Democratic Party.
At the fore of what state leaders have been talking about is Initiative 42, a measure that would change the state constitution if it passes. Republicans have typically been against the idea.
“The first words that are struck from the Constitution are ‘the legislature’. When you take the legislature out of the process, you have removed the voice of the people,” said House Speaker Phillip Gunn.
The ballot initiative, placed on the ballot by petition, would require the state to provide an “adequate and efficient” public school system. The language may allow a judge in Hinds County to have a say in what school money goes where in the state, and some argue that judge would also have the power over school consolidation.
The legislature offered an alternative called 42-A, which also changes the Constitution, but calls for an “efficient” public school system, without judicial enforcement.
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