The Mississippi Manufacturers' Association Monday endorsed Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck for a second term in office.
Tuck traveled to several cities around the state, including Meridian, for the announcement.
"We must create a business-friendly environment in our state," said Tuck. "Certainly, I plan to do that. Obviously, making sure that we have quality education for our children, that we say no to those who want to raise our taxes and that we continue to work with businesses."
"Like never before, Mississippi manufacturers are facing serious pressures that are making it difficult to be competitive," said Jay Moon, president of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. "The MMA board of directors recognizes how important strong leadership is if we are to protect the future of our manufacturing and our economy."
It's the first time MMA has endorsed a candidate for lieutenant governor it its 52-year history.
Moon said Tuck will oppose additional fees or regulations on business. Tuck faces democratic State Senator Barbara Blackmon in the Nov. 4 general election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.