D'Iberville Man Campaigns For Governor

Gilbert Fountain believes in old-fashioned politicking. Fountain said "I just go door to door talking to individuals and talking to them straight".

Fountain doesn't have the name recognition like Ronnie Musgrove, or flashy ads. But the 63-year old native of D'Iberville is confident his agenda will help him capture the votes.

Fountain said "If I can get my message out to the people, my platform, what I'm for, I think I got a pretty good chance. We need to teach our kids how to manage their money. They have got to be 21 years old to get a credit card, so they won't be facing bankruptcy when they get out of high school or college".

Fountain retired as a pipe fitter at Ingalls Shipbuilding. He's ready to go back to work, this time in the Governor's mansion.

Dorothy Fountain is his sister in law. She said "He might surprise everybody, you never know".

His neighbor, Mandy Rindahl, said "He's got a good shot. He's very well known in the community".

Fountain's biggest challenge is making sure he's known throughout the state. Fountain said "I'm trying right now from right here at my home, trying to walk all the way to Jackson in this heat. I know there's no other governor candidate who would do that. That's how bad I want to be the governor of Mississippi".

Fountain is one of five Democrats on the ballot in the August 5th primary. This is his second run for Governor. Fountain got 15,000 votes, but lost to Ray Mabus in the 1987 election.