Today, Senator Buck Clarke announced his candidacy for state Treasurer, citing his years of experience as a certified public accountant and fighting for conservative reforms in the legislature.
“My political philosophy is out of the pages of National Review and the Reagan Revolution,” said Clarke, a state senator who has championed smaller government, lower taxes and less spending. “Government in Mississippi holds us back when it taxes and spends too much. Mississippians succeed when we are allowed to keep more of what we earn to invest in new jobs and opportunity.”
Clarke says he has fought for years in the Senate against special interests who demand more taxes and spending.
“Every special interest in Jackson thinks it can spend your money better than you,” said Clarke. “I’ve fought that as a Senator. I’m a die-hard conservative who has seen every trick in the book when it comes to more spending, borrowing and taxing. Having a Treasurer who will be an advocate for the taxpayers instead of special interests matters. Having a Treasurer with the experience not to have the wool pulled over their eyes matters.”
In the coming months, Clarke plans to visit each of the state’s 82 counties to engage Mississippians about the importance of electing a qualified Treasurer.
Clarke is uniquely positioned to serve Mississippi and fight for Mississippians. He has served four terms in the Mississippi Legislature, sixteen years in the Senate, with the last eight years as Chairman of Appropriations. His chairmanship, which involves setting the budget of each agency in state government has enabled him to be deeply involved in understanding the different needs of each state agency. As Appropriations Chairman of Mississippi, Clarke fought to balance the budget every year.
He is a certified public accountant and has been a partner of Clarke, Bradley, Baker and Company LLP since 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University. He is the proud husband to Paula Clarke, father of three children, and grandfather to three grandchildren. He is a member of Hollandale First United Methodist Church.