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Ex-Gov. Musgrove backing Hughes for Lt. governor

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he's supporting fellow Democrat Jay Hughes for lieutenant governor in 2019.

Posted: May. 3, 2018 11:18 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he's supporting fellow Democrat Jay Hughes for lieutenant governor in 2019.

Hughes is an attorney, developer and first-term state representative from Oxford. He announced Thursday that he is running for the second-highest office in state government. The job will be open because Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is limited to two terms.

RELATED: Rep. Jay Hughes to run for Lt. governor

Musgrove says Hughes has been among the most vocal supporters of public education in the Legislature.

Musgrove lived in Batesville when he served two terms in the state Senate, from 1988 to 1996, and was chairman of the Senate Education Committee the second term. He was lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2000 and governor from 2000 to 2004, losing a bid for a second term to Republican Haley Barbour.

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