Fitch tours state in campaign for attorney general

Lynn Fitch (Source: State of Mississippi/Treasurer's Office)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Second-term state treasurer, Lynn Fitch, is traveling Mississippi next week to announce her candidacy for attorney general

The Republican has appearances set for Monday in Jackson and Meridian, Tuesday in Gulfport and Hattiesburg and Wednesday in Tupelo, Holly Springs and Hernando.

Fitch grew up in Holly Springs and lives in Ridgeland. She is a former assistant attorney general and former director of the state Personnel Board.

The current attorney general, Democrat Jim Hood, is not seeking a fifth term. Instead, he's running for governor.

Fourth-term Republican state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon has filed qualifying papers to run for attorney general. No Democrat has announced for the office.

Candidates' qualifying deadline is Mar. 1. Party primaries are in August, and the general election is in November.