Hughes: Hosemann needs to resign to keep election fair
Published 11:08 am Thursday, January 10, 2019
JACKSON — A Democratic candidate for Mississippi’s lieutenant governor publicly asked his Republican opponent to resign from his position as the top elections officer in the state.
When longtime Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced Wednesday he would run for lieutenant governor on the GOP ticket, challenger state Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, called foul.
Hughes contends it would be unfair for Hosemann to oversee an election in which he would personally be on the ballot. In Mississippi, the secretary of state’s office is in charge of elections.
“One of the most important pillars of our state government is a fair and trusted election process where there is nonbiased supervision of the entire process,” Hughes said.
The Democratic candidate also alleges Hosemann has spent public dollars during his time in office to promote his name and likeness with marketing efforts.