Vicksburg mayor considering 2019 run for Mississippi lt. gov

A Democratic mayor said Tuesday that he is considering running for Mississippi lieutenant governor, and he might cross party lines.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 11:25 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democratic mayor said Tuesday that he is considering running for Mississippi lieutenant governor, and he might cross party lines.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he will decide in the next six months whether to seek the state's second-highest office in 2019.
Flaggs told The Associated Press that he has not ruled out running as a Republican.
He served as a Democrat in the Mississippi House from 1988 until he was elected mayor of his hometown in 2013. He was re-elected this year.
Flaggs, 64, said he wants to line up at least $2 million in support and will commission statewide polling before deciding whether to run for lieutenant governor. He also said he would also run only if his family supports the decision.
"If I run, I'm in it to win it," Flaggs said.
The current lieutenant governor, Republican Tate Reeves, is in his second term and can't seek a third. He is expected to run for governor.
The lieutenant governor presides over the 52-member state Senate, appoints senators to committees, chooses committee chairmen and serves on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Because the seat will be open in 2019, the race is expected to attract several high-profile candidates.
Flaggs has previously allied himself with Republicans. In 2014, he was one of several African-American, Democratic officeholders who campaigned for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during the final weeks of a contentious Republican primary runoff. Cochran courted black voters in a successful strategy to defeat tea party-backed Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
McDaniel said last month that he is considering two statewide races — either a run for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Roger Wicker in 2018, or a run for lieutenant governor in 2019.

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Cases: 350070

Reported Deaths: 7590
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds24512449
DeSoto23513283
Harrison21172335
Rankin15798293
Jackson15735254
Madison11171227
Lee10903180
Jones9223169
Forrest9027163
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Lamar724890
Lowndes7199152
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Washington5661140
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Panola4812112
Marshall4739106
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Hancock440388
Neshoba4401181
Union438979
Monroe4369138
Lincoln4228116
Pike3739114
Leflore3676125
Alcorn355374
Tate354988
Sunflower351094
Adams347490
Scott346677
Yazoo342977
Copiah330869
Simpson327191
Itawamba317281
Coahoma315685
Tippah312869
Prentiss302563
Covington302384
Marion289882
Leake288676
Wayne280945
George277351
Grenada272188
Newton266864
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Winston238084
Stone235338
Jasper234748
Attala228674
Chickasaw221460
Holmes202574
Clay201954
Clarke189580
Tallahatchie185642
Calhoun183232
Smith183036
Yalobusha173641
Walthall150449
Lawrence145426
Greene141935
Amite139144
Noxubee137235
Perry136138
Montgomery133944
Carroll127031
Webster124332
Jefferson Davis119834
Tunica116127
Benton107825
Claiborne105931
Kemper104429
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Franklin88424
Quitman86319
Choctaw83119
Wilkinson79332
Jefferson72228
Sharkey51918
Issaquena1746
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Clay167159
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