Why They’re Running: Secretary of State

We asked secretary of state candidates Johnny DuPree and Michael Watson why they are running and what they hope to accomplish. Here's what they said.

Why are you running?

Johnny DuPree

"I am seeking the Secretary of State position to increase voter access, voter participation and increase voter confidence in the election process."

Michael Watson

"The SoS's office impacts so many areas of Mississippian's daily lives and I believe it's important to have a conservative leader in the office who understands the importance of shrinking the size of government, cutting regulations where possible and applying the law fairly and consistently. It's also imperative that we have a SoS who's committed to ensuring Mississippi has clean, fair and secure elections. "

What do you hope to accomplish?

Johnny DuPree

"At end of my four year term, I pray that we will be successful with the reasons I am in the race."

Michael Watson

"I hope to instill even more confidence in our election process, ensure we have a lean, but smart regulatory system for our businesses and charities, and to move the Department of Motor Vehicles from the Department of Public Safety to the SoS's office to make sure Mississippians receive the level of professionalism and services they deserve. "

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