Attorney general candidates Lynn Fitch, Jennifer Riley Collins battle for a spot in the history books


Republican Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins are both poised to make history.
Whomever voters select in the Mississippi attorney general’s race on Nov. 5 will make the history books.
Lynn Fitch, the Republican nominee for attorney general who has served as state treasurer since 2011, would be the first woman and the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction.
“For the past eight years, I have applied my conservative principles and solution-driven approach to achieve great results for the people of Mississippi,” Fitch, 58, told Mississippi Today. “I want to apply these same principles and this same approach as your Attorney General to make Mississippi communities safer, protect our most vulnerable populations, and streamline our regulatory structure to make a lasting impact for Mississippians.”
Jennifer Riley Collins, Democratic nominee for attorney general who is the former director of the Mississippi ACLU and retired U.S. Army colonel, would be the first woman to hold the office and the first African American to hold any statewide office since the 1800s.
“The people of Mississippi deserve a proven protector,” Riley Collins, 53, told Mississippi Today. “My decision to run is a continuation of a lifetime of service. My professional and personal experience has prepared me to serve the people of Mississippi. I am an experienced and seasoned litigator. My legal career has been spent representing marginalized communities and people. I swore to protect and defend and to uphold the law in both careers, military and civilian. The people deserve to have a committed public servant.”
The race marks just the third time in state history that two women are major party nominees for the same statewide office. In 2003, incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck defeated state Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, to win a second term. And in 2011, in winning the first of two