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Mississippi's 2019 statewide campaigns kicking off early

Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT
Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT
Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT
Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi's next statewide elections are getting an early kick off. Three candidates, from the top of the ticket down, have made it official just this week.
There's still plenty of time and plenty of names to add to the list.

Democrat Jay Hughes is the first to host an official campaign launch.

"Today, I am announcing in crystal clear language that I am absolutely positively, 150 percent running to your your next Lieutenant Governor," said Hughes.

READ MORE: Rep. Jay Hughes announces 2019 run for Lt. Governor

Hughes has served in the Mississippi house since 2016. Just as in his previous campaign, education will be front and center for his platform.

"Too many people are focused on voting for the R or voting for the D," noted Hughes. "I want people to vote for the T which is teachers. Because that's what we have to do. We have to put public education of all children as our number one priority in Mississippi."

State Republican Party Chair Lucien Smith isn't wasting any time taking shots at Hughes. 

"Jay Hughes is an Oxford liberal best known at the Capitol for not supporting gun rights, running from legislation to protect the unborn and generally achieving nothing except getting his name in the papers," said Smith in a statement. "Mississippi voters should reject him just as they’ve rejected other liberals like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

Two other 2019 candidates haven't gone so far as to get signs printed yet, but they are putting their names out there. Republican Mark Baker has served in the Mississippi House for 15 years. He's made it official that he's running for Attorney General. He thinks the office has been contracting out too much work.

READ MORE: Rep. Mark Baker announces 2019 Attorney General run

"My concern is the focus of the office has moved so much towards this, what I call public policy lawsuit abuse," said Baker. "I've made several attempts to reform that office from the outside in. I've come to the conclusion that it's go to be reformed from the inside out."

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim hood are rumored gubernatorial candidates. While neither has announced, an early Mason-Dixon poll showed Hood with a slight lead in a possible match up, but Petal mayor Hal Marx thinks it's time for a new voice in Jackson.

READ MORE: Petal Mayor Hal Marx planning run for governor

"We have a strong Republican majority in Jackson, but I think sometimes we don't have a strong enough conservative majority in Jackson and the legislature," said Marx. "I think as Governor I could provide some leadership and pull us in that direction that I think most Mississippians favor."

The deadline for candidates to qualify in these statewide races is March of 2019.

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