Treasurer's Race in Full Swing

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Gary Anderson, Democrat and Tate Reeves, Republican, worked the local streets and offices seeking the support of possible uncommitted voters.

The treasurer is the state's chief financial officer and he has a multitude of duties. The seat is open because Marshall Bennett resigned to take a job with a private New York firm. He did not seek reelection this year.

Anderson campaigned around the Lauderdale County Courthouse. Anderson, who for over three years has been the state's chief fiscal officer under Bennett, says if elected he will give the legislature some advice.

"I believe that this year coming up we need to declare a one year moratorium on new bond issues for general obligation purposes, catch our breath, develop our debt management plan and then move forward," said Anderson.

Meanwhile Republican candidate Tate Reeves visited GOP headquarters in Meridian.

"Given the financial mess that our state is in, it is imperative that we elect the candidate who has an intense background in economics and finance," Reeves said.

Later Newscenter 11 asked Reeves if the state treasurer could influence the financial policies of the state.

"The term influence is very important. The state treasury must take a more active role in the process. There's no question that the treasurer has no direct authority, but the treasurer must be a watchdog for the taxpayers and work with the individual legislators," said Reeves. "If that doesn't work, then the treasurer must go to the people and go to the taxpayers and let them know how their tax dollars are being spent."

The Reform Party also has a candidate on the ballot, Lee Dilworth, running for state treasurer.