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Bill Waller enters Governor's race

Retired Supreme Court Justice running for post once held by father

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller confirmed his candidacy for Governor to WJTV 12.

Waller, who just stepped down from the state's high court, says he plans to file his paperwork before March 1st and will have a formal announcement at that time.

His father, William Lowe Waller Sr. served as Governor from  1972-76. He was famous for his role as prosecutor in two unsuccessful attempts to convict Byron De La Beckwith for the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The elder Waller was known for his ability to diplomatically coalesce votes and to organize political efforts. During his tenure as Governor, he shut down the segregationist Mississippi Sovereignty Commission.

According to sources close to Waller Jr., the candidate has already received a substantial amount of financial commitments.

When asked about his candidacy Waller said he was in the early stages of organizing a campaign staff which will probably be headed up by his brother Eddie. As for his reasons Waller said he would give specifics during a formal announcement.

"There's been an outpouring of support from all over. I believe I can bring something different to the race that is missing now. As for donations, I have commitments but have not collected any money and can't until I officially file to run for office."

We will be following this new development as more details become available. Waller will be running against Lt. Governor Tate Reeves in the Republican primary in August.


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