Lawmakers prepare for election year politics at the state capitol

Lawmakers prepare for election year politics at the state capitol

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - 2015 is going to be an interesting year on the Mississippi political scene. Now that the 90 day legislative session is underway, lawmakers will be debating issues under the glare of an election year.

Legislators and statewide office holders will be facing the voters this year. Lawmakers come from every corner of the state. They have different ideas about what is important to Mississippi.

Whether democrat or republican, they all have one thing in common. They face re-election in 2015.

Most will seek another term, and that means they go into the legislative session knowing voters will be watching every move they make.

"It is a heightened sense of awareness of what the public wants them to do. I hope they'll stand on their principles. That goes for liberals and conservatives. If liberals have strong feelings on something, they should strongly propose it. That goes for conservatives too," said Gov. Phil Bryant.

Questions are in the air regarding who will run, especially at the top of the executive branch. Bryant told WLOX News several weeks ago he plans to seek a second term.

As for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, "We're not ready to make that announcement. I've enjoyed my three years as Lt. Gov. and look forward to serving the people of Mississippi."

When asked if he had a timeline for making an announcement, Reeves said, "It will be before the Feb. 27, deadline to do so. We'll make a decision in the next few weeks."

A lot of people will be watching that Feb. 27, deadline to find out how things will shake out for 2015.

Here are key 2015 election dates to remember: Party primaries are scheduled for Aug. 4. The general election will be held on Nov. 3.

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