Waller speaks to Republican women Thursday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Republican candidate for governor, Bill Waller, Jr., spoke to the Lauderdale County Republican Women Thursday in Meridian.

The former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice is one of three GOP candidates running for the post.

Waller, a conservative who served more than two decades on the Supreme Court, talked about his campaign platform, ideas and beliefs. Those include healthcare reform, improving state infrastructure and strengthening education.

"People from Lauderdale County should be able to teach school here with better pay as they get in Alabama. Finally roads and bridges. We have a real crisis in this state with our transportation system. We got bridges out, bridges posted, and roads needed repaired," said Waller.

Waller will face Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and State Rep. Robert Foster in the Aug. 6 primary.

Nine Democrats are running for the seat, including Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith.