The Democratic Primary Race for Governor is all Tied Up…By Lawayne Childrey | Published 03 Aug 2011 03:04am |
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman Bill Luckett will meet again in a runoff to determine who wins the Democratic nomination for Mississippi's governor. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how both men are touting their experience as the thing that inspires voters the most.
During last night’s statewide vote count both men remained neck in neck until the Associated Press called it a tie between the two leading democratic candidates. That was music to the ears of 63 year old businessman Bill Luckett who spoke with MPB by phone from outside his Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
"This is what I am, this is what I've done and I basically, I build things. I've got some good vision for the state especially in terms of promoting small businesses. I know those businesses, I am in several of them as an owner and I look forward to discussing that with the public during the runoff phase."
Luckett says if he becomes Mississippi's next governor he hopes to help revitalize the state’s economy just as he has helped pump new life into the economy of Clarksdale, a city of 18 thousand people in the northern Mississippi Delta. Like Luckett 57 year old Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree also believes it's his experience that resonates most with voters.
"Being the mayor of Hattiesburg and also being an elected official as a county supervisor and serving on the school board. I think that the message about education had a lot to do with it. Job creation had a lot to do with it so we'll continue that messaging and we'll refine it as we go along."
While both men are qualified to serve as Mississippi's next governor, State Senator John Horhn of Jackson says if Dupree is elected he would be the first African American since reconstruction to hold such a high position in the state.
"You know Mississippi had almost 200 African Americans who served in the legislature and in statewide office during the days of reconstruction and we tend to forget about the fact that that ever happened. So you have to look like a hundred years to see that this struggle still continues."
DuPree and Luckett are both headed to an August 23 runoff for the Democratic nomination. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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