Now, two of the three current Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioners will not seek re-election.
Commissioner Mike Tagert made the announcement Tuesday that he will be stepping away from MDOT once his term is up.
Today, I announced I won’t be running for re-election as your Transportation Commissioner. I still have significant work remaining in this term and will continue to serve you diligently through January 2020. pic.twitter.com/TXpmaFQbTt
— Mike Tagert (@MikeTagert) January 8, 2019
“It has been an absolute honor to serve the people of North Mississippi in this capacity,” said Tagert in a statement.
Tagert has been the Northern District Commissioner since he was elected in 2011. Prior to that, he was an administrator of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority.
Two of the three commissioners will be new next year.
Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall has also said he will not be running for re-election.
Hall, who has served as the Central District Commissioner since his appointment by Governor Kirk Fordice in 1999, made the announcement on The Paul Gallo Show Friday morning.
ICYMI: @MississippiDOT Commissioner Dick Hall broke the news on @paulgalloshow that he will NOT be running for re-election.#MSElex #MSvoteshttps://t.co/aM2SAcR3pj pic.twitter.com/wg2OELCbnN
— SuperTalk MS (@supertalk) January 4, 2019
Prior to his service as Commissioner, Hall served 24 years in the Mississippi State Legislature.