Get to know your candidates: Whit Hughes
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Ahead of next Tuesday’s run-off elections in the Democratic Senate primary and the Republican primary in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, News Mississippi will be highlighting each of the candidates over the next several days to give Mississippi voters insight into the candidates and their platforms.

In today’s edition of “Get to Know Your Candidates”, we’ll focus on businessman and former MSU basketball player Whit Hughes. Since 2013, Whit served as Foundation President and Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Systems, but he decided to leave his job to focus on his campaign.

Hughes also worked alongside Gov. Haley Barbour as the Deputy Director of Mississippi Development Authority during the Barbour administration. When he announced his run, Hughes said that he was concerned by what the future may hold for the middle-class, and he wanted to focus on creating better jobs for the people of Mississippi.

In the video above, News Mississippi was able to sit down with Hughes to ask him a few questions ahead of next Tuesday’s run-off election. Hughes spoke of how he intends to use his business background to move Mississippi forward, reduce government spending and promote conservative values.

Hughes received 22% of the vote and was able to qualify for the runoff against Madison & Rankin County DA Michael Guest on June 26th.