Friday, March 1, 2019

Waller Throws Hat in Ring

Bill Waller, Jr. issued the following statement.

Bill Waller, Jr., has filed his qualifying papers with the Mississippi Republican Party as a candidate for Governor of Mississippi. The following is a statement from Bill Waller, Jr., announcing his campaign:

“As a former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice for 21 years including 10 years as Chief Justice, I’ve served at the highest level of one of the three branches of our state government to uphold our Constitution and the rule of law.

As a Brigadier General in the Mississippi National Guard with more than 30 years of commissioned service, I’ve had the responsibility of commanding units from platoon level to troop command.

Most importantly, as a husband, father and grandfather, I’ve strived to set an example for my family by being committed to my faith, and to the values of hard work, personal responsibility and standing up for what you believe, following the example set by my father who also served as Mississippi’s Governor.

In everything I’ve done in my life, I have believed in the concept of service—to the God that I serve, to my family that I love, to the state that is my home and to the country that is still the greatest hope for liberty and freedom in the world. For all of these reasons, I’m announcing my campaign to be your next Governor of Mississippi.

As a lifelong conservative, I won elections three times to the Mississippi Supreme Court, and I was honored to be endorsed by the Mississippi Republican Party because of my record, values and principles. Given the undeniable landscape of this year’s election, I am the conservative Republican with the best chance to win in November.

From the position of Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, I actively participated in governmental processes across the three branches of state government, and I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work.

The next Governor is going to have to address major policy issues regarding roads and bridges, education, health care and workforce development for current and future economic sustainability.

Mississippi has made progress but the reality is, our state continues to face looming challenges that will never be solved by indifference, soundbites, petty politics or self-interest.

Anyone who has been paying attention over the past seven years realizes there’s not a cohesive working relationship between the Governor, the House and the Senate. That’s the truth.

As your Governor, I won’t be focused on who gets the credit or makes the next best headline. Instead, I’ll be focused on getting things done.

I’ll be focused on working with a functioning legislature that isn’t always trying to throw one side or the other under the bus. And I’ll be focused on bringing people together, from varying viewpoints, to have a voice in the discussion about finding real solutions.

We must have a Governor who has the background, values, attitude and temperament to tackle the challenges we face now, and in the future. Over the next five months, I’ll be traveling the state working as hard as I can to discuss more issues, to listen to people all across the state and to earn your vote in the Republican primary election.”

Biographical Information:

William Lowe “Bill” Waller, Jr., is a native and current resident of Jackson. Most recently, he was on the state Supreme Court for 21 years, serving the last 10 as Chief Justice, the highest level attainable in the judicial branch of state government.

During his tenure on the state’s highest court, Waller was a strong defender of the rule of law. He consistently worked to reshape the court in a conservative direction, helped end lawsuit abuse and sought to repair the state’s judicial reputation to foster an attractive environment for economic growth. His successes while on the Supreme Court include a pay raise for judges, an expansion of drug courts and an expanding electronic record system. The court also decreed criminal court rules that have helped defendants see judges more quickly and efficiently.

A lifelong conservative, he was elected three times to the Mississippi Supreme Court and was endorsed by the Mississippi Republican Party for his record of service, upholding the Constitution and the rule of law.

Prior to his election to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Waller practiced law with the firm of Waller and Waller in Jackson for over 20 years and served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Jackson.

In addition to his legal and judicial career, Waller has more than 30 years of commissioned service including the Mississippi Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve and is presently assigned to the Retired Reserve. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a recipient of the Legion of Merit. He attained the rank of Brigadier General while serving as the Commander of the 66th Troop Command, Mississippi Army National Guard, once again reaching the highest level in leadership.

He has received significant recognition for his work and service. Waller was the recipient of the Judicial Innovation Award for 2003–2004 by the Hinds County Bar Association and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. He received the Chief Justice Award in 2005 for his work as chairman of a special study committee to develop a statewide e-filing and docket management system. He received the Mississippi State University Pre-Law Society’s Distinguished Jurist award in 2009. He received the Judicial Excellence Award for 2011–2012 from the Capital Area Bar Association and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association; and the Mississippi Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award for 2013. In 2012, Waller was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, and Mississippi College School of Law presented him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Mississippi College School of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Waller is currently a member of the Stennis Institute Advisory Board at Mississippi State University. He is a former Eagle Scout and serves on the Advisory Board of the Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Waller is the son of Mississippi’s former Governor, William "Bill" Waller, Sr., and Carroll Waller, the former First Lady of Mississippi. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1970 and Mississippi State University in 1974, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1977. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children and two grandchildren and are members of First Baptist Church Jackson, where he has served as chairman of the deacons.

For more information about the campaign go to:


Anonymous said...

Tate wins....Waller already talking about gas tax increase. Sounds like he's running in the wrong Party.

Anonymous said...

WHAT? No statement about abortion, Hollywood liberals, guns, or Trump? Nothing about outsiders and rabble-rousers trying to take over our Great State?

How refreshing.

Anonymous said...

Obviously the most qualified to announce so far. Regardless of the list of government slop-hog antiques who recently said they support Tater. They're listed elsewhere on this blog, but that post allows no comments.

Phil Bryant's support of Tate Reeves should, alone, serve to push voters toward Waller. That was almost as destructive as an endorsement of democrats by Obama several cycles ago.

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a good (correction) GREAT election. I'm so excited I could sing a song.

Anonymous said...

Extremely grateful Chief Justice Waller is stepping up for this position. He is a servant leader, man of faith, and well respected. He will bring wisdom and leadership to the governor's office that is sorely needed.

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with @9:19. I went to law school with Chief Justice Waller and have had cases before the MS Supreme Court in which he participated. I really believe he is stepping up because he realizes Mississippi needs a leader who puts its citizens first over politics and favoritism. In a time when our political system has come under so much distrust and skepticism, Chief Justice Waller is a breath of fresh air who Mississippi can be proud to call Governor.

Anonymous said...

March 1, 2019 at 9:15 AM is exactly right.
"Phil Bryant's support of Tate Reeves should, alone, serve to push voters toward Waller."

I am unable to adequately express my disappointment in Phil Bryant. Voted for him twice. What a mistake. Chief Justice Waller is a statesman not just a run of the mill politician. Thank you for getting in Mr. Chief Justice.

Anonymous said...

This is not going to go well for Waller. I really don't think he fully appreciates what he's doing by entering this new Frontier. (And if he does, then I've lost a lot of respect for him.) It's an obvious effort by some Gregoryous people to keep the gravy "plane" going.

Fun fact: Remoras attach to whales and turtles, although most people associate them with sharks. If you know what you're looking at, you can even witness this phenomenon -- that is, attaching to whales and turtles -- on land.

Anonymous said...

Glad he is running. He has my vote.

Anonymous said...

9:11- theres a reason taxes exist. I guess when you can no longer cross a bridge or have to get new tires every 6 months you'll pay for it that way. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

He’s definitely got my vote. Shame on Phil for endorsing Reeves. He’s horrible and everyone knows it.

Anonymous said...

So excited about a candidate to support! Where can I get a yard sign??

"Mississippi has made progress but the reality is, our state continues to face looming challenges that will never be solved by indifference, soundbites, petty politics or self-interest."

Totally Tater there - completely empty every time he speaks.

Anonymous said...

Waller has my vote. With regards to a tax increase for highway infrastructure maintenance - unless the money tree starts budding fruit real soon, we have to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Why is he running as a Republican? He wants to increase taxes, expand Obamacare, and stop further advances in school choice. Exactly what makes him a Republican? Regardless of the party primary he chose to enter, I will pass his Democratic liberal progressive policy positions.

Anonymous said...

This will be the first time in my life that I make a $ campaign contribution.

Anonymous said...

Tax on gas is the ONE tax I can accept.

It's been a long time and is sorely needed. Best of all it's FAIR, everybody at the same rate.

Anonymous said...

Sooooo.....the Mississippi Republican Party endorsed him as a Supreme Court Judge, will they do the same with his run for Guv,nah? Or will they stay the course with Tate. Im glad he is running. How refreshing.

Anonymous said...

@10:46 AM - exactly. A small gasoline tax increase to pay for overdue transportation infrastructure repairs is needed and appropriate. Maybe a sunset clause would make it more palatable.

Anonymous said...

Check out Robert Foster.

Anonymous said...

Waller all the way. Pro-life to the core!

Mbrookes said...

Who is Foster? I see signs for him, but don't know who he (she?) is.

Anonymous said... I don't have to hold my nose when I pull the handle!

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see CJ Waller running for Governor. I have known him and his family since he was in high school and I trust him. I would never vote for a democrat so I was going to vote for Tate but now I have someone who I can vote for and support.
His dad and mother were good people and good friends.
My family and I wish him great success.

Anonymous said...

@march 1 at 10:15pm—Robert Foster is a State Representative, a TRUE conservative and Republican, a political outsider, a family man and business owner. He owns Cedar Hill farms in Hernando, MS. It is a huge tourism attraction that employees over 100 of Mississippi’s residents. I’ve met him and HE HAS MY VOTE. He can relate to everyone, not just Rankin & Hinds county, and he means what he says. He is a leader and desires to really make a difference in the state of Mississippi. Go check it out

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the highway department stopped putting up giant useless digital signs, stopped cutting down trees in the median, and stopped installing dangerous posts and cables in the median on the interstate and just quit mowing grass 50 yards out to the edge of the right of way, they could afford to maintain our highways.

Anonymous said...

What makes anybody think for one minute that Waller would remain a republican, thereby denigrating the liberal legacy of his daddy? That would be like pissing on dad's grave.

Anonymous said...

7:25 I do... as i'm certain all other do... except you.

Like Dad, Like Boy said...

Well, you go right ahead and bank on that, 9:37.

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