Gubernatorial candidate visits Meridian Monday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Former state supreme court justice and current gubernatorial candidate, Bill Waller, Jr., is hoping to make a move from the courthouse to the governor's mansion.

Waller qualified to run for governor last week. He said Monday in Meridian that he hopes to use what he learned as chief justice to help govern the state.

"I was successful in having a lot of innovations brought to the court," Waller said. "I would like to take that experience in working with the House and the Senate in helping Mississippi move forward."

Waller will have to win the Republican primary Aug. 6 to make it to November's general election. He faces fellow Republicans Tate Reeves and Robert Foster on that ballot. Nine Democrats are running for the office as well.