Marsha and I plan to vote for Buck Clarke for State Treasurer in the Republican Primary on August 6, and I think it’s worth sharing why we believe Buck is clearly the best choice for this important position.
First of all, our treasurer plays a very important role in state government. This is not a position for on-the-job training; we need a treasurer with an accomplished career. The State Treasurer is our chief financial officer. The treasurer manages the state debt along with the Governor and Attorney General, and their decisions impact the State’s credit rating and millions of taxpayer dollars.
Furthermore, the treasurer serves on PERS, the state retirement system. PERS has about $28 billion in assets and pays out nearly $3 billion annually to state retirees – over 100,000 of them. While PERS does not get a lot of media attention, it’s one of the most challenging financial obligations the state has to manage. We need someone with Buck’s experience and accomplishments in this critical role.
For Marsha and me, Buck Clarke is the most qualified candidate to serve as State Treasurer. Buck’s education, experience, training and career as a CPA and small business owner have prepared him to manage these critical financial issues. In addition, Buck has served as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee the last eight years and gained invaluable knowledge and experience dealing with the State’s finances.
The taxpayers need to think about the Treasurer’s race like a job interview. Who is qualified to do the job? It’s the taxpayers’ MONEY, and we need a treasurer with a conservative record of accomplishment.
Buck runs a smalltown CPA firm in Hollandale. He understands what it takes to meet a payroll and take care of client needs. He went to school in Washington County and then graduated from Mississippi State University. He understands the importance of strong public education for the future of our state.
On the issues, Buck Clarke is a fiscal conservative, pro-life, 2nd Amendment supporter who believes the government that governs least governs best. He understands the value of immigration to America, but strongly agrees with President Trump that we must have a secure border and only allow immigrants to come here legally.
Buck is a family man. He and Paula have three grown children and four grandchildren. He is an avid duck hunter who hunts and fishes with his family and friends.
Buck is running a grass roots campaign to serve as our state treasurer. Buck’s opponent has a great deal of family money and is advertising heavily in an effort to win political office. Buck will not be able to match his opponent’s paid advertising, but he can win if the citizens’ voices prevail over all the paid political advertising.
Like most Mississippians, Buck has worked hard to earn a living and build a business. He has experience managing that hard-earned money so voters can trust him to manage the taxpayers’ hard-earned money with great care and conservatism.
The State Treasurer has a serious job. We need someone with serious experience and accomplishments. On August 6 in the GOP Primary, please join Marsha and me in supporting Buck Clarke for State Treasurer.