Native DeSoto Countian Robert Foster, who currently serves as state representative from Hernando, is more than just a fresh face at the State Capitol in Jackson.
Foster, 35, could potentially become a bit of fresh air in the Governor's Mansion in a climate where well-seasoned pols normally dominate the landscape.
Mississippi's next governor will follow incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant, who has served the state two terms, the most allowed under Mississippi's Constitution.
In an interview with the DeSoto Times-Tribune on Monday, Foster said he will be making his decision whether or not to run for the state's top executive in “a week to two weeks.”
For Foster, who operates Cedar Hill Farm in the Love community, southeast of Hernando, his decision to run for governor of Mississippi is not flighting fancy.
Foster has become a champion of the agritourism industry in the state.
“I’ve been giving it a lot of thought for about a year,” shared Foster, who was busy making the rounds in Jackson for a series of meetings on Monday. “I have been praying and thinking about it.”
Foster said that he wants to appeal to a broad base but he is unabashedly conservative and proud of it.
“I am a conservative Republican,” Foster said. “I am tough on liberals and progressives but I understand that there needs to be a discussion of the issues. I want to listen to people of all political backgrounds. There are things that we all have in common. We all need affordable healthcare. We have to help our schools. Our schools are struggling. I want to give people another option in the Republican primary. That is my goal and my intention. I'm not running against anybody.”
Foster, who turned a family business into a tourism mecca in northwest Mississippi, has authored get-tough bills on crime and believes in protecting the rights of the unborn.
Foster is expected to face Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who has amassed a political cache of more than $6 million.
Reeves, who has not announced a gubernatorial bid officially, is expected to announce his plans for higher office next month at the earliest.
Foster was first elected to serve constituents in House District 28 in 2015.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.