/Treasurer candidates searching for first state election victory

Treasurer candidates searching for first state election victory

Republican David McRae is a Ridgeland lawyer and managing partner of McRae Investments. Addie LeeGreen of Bolton, a retired Clinton automotive parts manufacturer, is seeking to replace Lynn Fitch, the two-term Treasurer. McRae has won a primary-funded campaign and defeated Buck Clarke of Hollandale, the outgoing state Senate Appropriations chair. McRae was unsuccessful against Fitch in 2015. In 2015, Green unsuccessfully ran for the position of agriculture commissioner. She is currently a local election commissioner and has been a member of the Bolton Board of Aldermen. She sits on the Democratic Party Executive Committee of the state. Green studied sociology at Jackson State University and has managed a financially difficult campaign. Green, who is treasurer, said that she would be a vigilant watchdog of the state’s money. Green stated that she wants to “watch your money like a bird watches a chicken” at the annual Mississippi Economic Council Hob Nob, where state officeholders and candidates are heard. McRae stated to Mississippi Today that McRae is running because his experience in the private sector can maximize our state’s investments returns for taxpayers. I am a businessman and not a politician. This means that I am willing to question the status-quo, especially when it comes to the state’s investments or debts.” One of eight statewide offices, the office of treasurer serves multiple functions. It oversees the investment of state funds and maintains the state’s financial records. This office oversees the state’s college savings plans that allow parents to invest money for their children’s education. The treasurer also oversees state unclaimed property. McRae stated that he would like to see more transparency about how state funds are used and to create a “sound financial strategy” for the state’s finances. McRae stated that he wants to emphasize constituent services and reduce state debt. However, this largely depends upon the amount of debt approved. Green, who was a member of a union she helped to organize at a Clinton auto-supply manufacturing plant, stated that more information is needed about the state’s college savings plans. She also said she would like to end the practice where more money is being taken from the state than it has. This would also be determined in large measure by the legislative actions. Mississippi’s general election is Nov. 5. Unless there is a long line, polls open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. View our #MSElex Voter Guide for more information about all candidates for state office.