Former chief justice to run for Mississippi governor

Bill Waller, Jr. (Source: WTOK-TV)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Retired state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller, Jr., says he plans to run for Mississippi governor as a Republican.

Waller told WJTV-TV he plans to qualify before March 1 and will formally announce plans then. The Clarion Ledger first reported Waller's plans.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando have already qualified as Republicans.

Waller stepped down from the state Supreme Court in January, telling The Associated Press in December that he was "leaning against" a bid for governor. He said then he felt he had more service to offer in some way.

Waller was chief justice for 10 years and on the court for 21 years.

Waller is the son of the late Gov. Bill Waller, Sr., a Democrat who served from 1972 to 1976 when governors could not seek back-to-back terms.