Brown Sets Sights on Lt. Gov. Post

Troy Brown, Sr., who is married to a Meridian native, says he has been on the campaign trail since 1999, when he lost in the primaries. Then-fellow Democrat Amy Tuck went on the win the general election.

"The main issues this year are going to be tort reform and job creation in the state of Mississippi. How do you go about doing that?" said Brown.

"And I think it's important for that person to have the credentials and have the credibility to go out and say Mississippi is not only ready but we have the workforce that's capable and able to make sure that any company that comes to the state of Mississippi will be proud of their workers and be able to compete," the Democrat said.

Brown still has his sights set on defeating Tuck, now a Republican, but faces two well-known Democrats in former supreme court justice Jim Roberts and State Sen. Barbara Blackmon.

"She happens to be a trial lawyer," said Brown of Blackmon. "And it's my opinion that if your business is suing business then you're not the individual we need to be sending out to try to recruit business to the state of Mississippi."

Brown is no stranger to the political arena. He was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2000, when he took on Trent Lott. He views surviving that experience as evidence he can win the Lt. Governor's seat.

The former dean of students at Mississippi Valley State University says the state has problems in education that need to be solved by an effective leader.

"I think we have to make sure we put the money in the classrooms. You know, people say we have to spend money on our children. We have to spend money on the students," Brown said. "I believe the best way that you can take care of students is to take care of the teachers."

The primaries for all statewide and county offices will be Tuesday, Aug. 5.