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Election preview: Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney faces challenger Bruce Burton on Nov. 7

Republican Mike Chaney, seeking his fifth term as Mississippi insurance commissioner, is being challenged by Democrat Bruce Burton in Tuesday’s general election.

Burton, who has run unsuccessfully for both the Mississippi Court of Appeals and the Central District Public Service Commissioner, is a Jackson attorney. He was born in Shaw.

Burton was unopposed in the Democratic primary earlier this year. Chaney defeated Mitch Young in the August Republican primary, winning 80% of the vote.

Chaney previously served 15 years in the Legislature, first in the state House and later in the Senate.

“He is charged with providing Mississippians with the maximum amount of consumer protection possible,” Chaney’s campaign website says. “The aim is to create the highest degree of economic security, quality of life and public safety for citizens at the lowest possible cost.”


In earlier campaigns, Burton was described as someone who “believes in hard work and in helping others, and in truth, honesty, and integrity. Bruce is very down to earth, and he is authentically himself. With Bruce there is no pretentiousness. What you see is what you get. Bruce’s genuineness is easily observed from the moment you meet him. He never meets a stranger.”

Chaney, like most Republicans running for statewide office this year in Mississippi, is viewed as a heavy favorite.

According to the latest campaign finance report filed with the Secretary of State’s office, Chaney has $247,025 cash on hand. His campaign has spent $244,515 this year.

Burton has not raised nor spent any funds and has no cash on hand, according to his filings with the Mississippi Secretary of State.


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