Addie Lee Green, Democratic candidate for State Treasurer, speaks during the 2023 Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 27, 2023. Credit: Eric Shelton/Mississippi Today

The election for Mississippi state treasurer is a rematch from 2019.

This year, Democratic former Bolton Alderwoman Addie Lee Green will be challenging Republican incumbent Treasurer David McRae.

In 2019, McRae handily defeated Green, garnering 61% of the vote compared to 39% for Green.

Green ran unsuccessfully for the post of commissioner of agriculture and commerce in 2015. McRae ran unsuccessfully for the post of treasurer in 2015 against incumbent Lynn Fitch. In 2019, Fitch opted to run for the post of attorney general, and McRae ran his second statewide campaign for treasurer and won.

Treasurer David McRae speaks during the 2023 Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 27, 2023. Credit: Eric Shelton/Mississippi Today

This election cycle, as the incumbent, McRae, has run a low-key campaign. He did not appear at the recent Mississippi Economic Council’s annual Hobnob, where state politicians address members of the business community.

Green did speak at Hobnob, offering a colorful speech — a hallmark of her campaigns.

Green said that part of the problem in Mississippi is that, “We have left God and it is all about self.”

“It is time for us to make a difference. Come together. We ought to be able to cross lines to help the people who elect us,” Green said, arguing many changes need to be made in the state such as expanding Medicaid.

Green helped organize a union when she worked at a Clinton auto manufacturing plant. McRae was a Ridgeland attorney and managing partner in a family business, McRae Investments, before winning the treasurer’s office.

The office of treasurer — one of eight statewide posts — serves multiple functions, including maintaining the state’s financial records and overseeing the investment of state funds. The office manages the state’s college savings plans, which allow parents to invest funds for their children’s tuition, and the treasurer also oversees the state’s unclaimed property.

McRae has touted his efforts to return to citizens unclaimed property from old financial accounts and from other sources, such as money from a deceased family member.

“I’ve made it my goal to return as much money to Mississippians as possible,” he said on social media.

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Bobby Harrison, Mississippi Today’s senior capitol reporter, covers politics, government and the Mississippi State Legislature. He also writes a weekly news analysis which is co-published in newspapers statewide. A native of Laurel, Bobby joined our team June 2018 after working for the North Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo since 1984. He is president of the Mississippi Capitol Press Corps Association and works with the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute to organize press luncheons. Bobby has a bachelor's in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and has received multiple awards from the Mississippi Press Association, including the Bill Minor Best Investigative/In-depth Reporting and Best Commentary Column.