By Stephen Bowers
Mississippi State Treasurer Tate Reeves spoke at Weidmann's restaurant in Meridian Tuesday.
Reeves made the stop on the second day of a 2-day tour of the state as he announced he's running for lieutenant governor.
The Republican said the state has made great improvements under Gov. Haley Barbour's leadership, and he wants to continue moving Mississippi forward.
"I believe in the future. I think we have the opportunity to do great things in Mississippi," said Reeves. "We've made a lot of progress. We're moving up, and our best days are ahead of us not behind us. That's the kind of leadership we need. We don't need to talk about the past. We need to talk about the future."
Reeves quoted former president, Ronald Reagan, saying he takes inspiration from the past but lives for the future.
Reeves said his experience as state treasurer has helped him to understand the finances of the state and how to manage finances conservatively.