Dennis second in Miss. GOP primary

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Atmore native Dave Dennis was second Tuesday night in the GOP primary for Mississippi governor.

But Dennis, who garnered 26 percent of the vote, fell short of a runoff as Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant won the nomination outright. He will now face either Johnny Dupree or Bill Luckett in the general election in November.

Dennis, a graduate of Escambia County High School, has been a business and civic leader in coastal Mississippi for more than 30 years. His run for governor was his first attempt to run for public office.

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As president of Specialty Contractors and Associates, a commercial and industrial subcontractor, he has been involved with more than 6,000 building projects. He also has served as a representative from the business community on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; president of the Gulf Coast Economic Council; state chairman of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee; and a member of the Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal following Hurricane Katrina.