Johnson, who recently switched from Republican to Democrat, said he has valuable experience as a city alderman, county supervisor and state senator.

“I want to bring decency and courage back,” Johnson said to an enthusiastic crowd of his supporters in the first few rows of the fair’s Founders Square Pavilion. Johnson, an Elvis impersonator, then closed with the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

The man Johnson would like to replace, incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, told an enthusiastic fair crowd that he had a surprise for them. That surprise: “You are looking at a lieutenant governor who has kept his promises.”

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