Madison County’s Lynn Fitch celebrates her victory with family, friends and supporters Tuesday night at Ridgeland’s Embassy Suites.
Madison County’s Lynn Fitch celebrates her victory with family, friends and supporters Tuesday night at Ridgeland’s Embassy Suites.
Lynn Fitch gave Madison County residents props for supporting her in a successful bid for State Treasurer Tuesday night.

Fitch celebrated her victory at Ridgeland's Embassy Suites with family, friends and supporters, but despite a year-long campaign, primary and runoff victories, she said the whole thing is yet to sink in.

"It's just so exciting," Fitch said. "It's truly an honor."

Unofficial results show Fitch easily defeated Democrat Connie Moran with more than 59 percent of the vote.

Fitch will replace Tate Reeves, who will take over as Lt. Governor in January.

Though Fitch noted that the support she received statewide was impressive, she was very appreciative of Madison countians help in her election.

"To me, it just showed a tremendous amount of voter support throughout the state," Fitch said. "I was going around the state a good bit, but being at my home Tuesday made me very appreciative of the support I received in my home county.

"I've lived in Madison for over 26 years and it's been a wonderful hometown and home county," she added. "I've enjoyed watching Madison County progress over the years. Seeing the graciousness and support of the people who helped me through three runoffs really means a lot to me."

Madison's Cole Hughes was instrumental in Fitch's election as part of her campaign staff.

"I've known her family for over 20 years through church, so it was a unique opportunity for me," said Hughes, a 2004 Madison Ridgeland Academy graduate. "I've worked in a few campaigns before, but working for a friend was interesting."

Hughes, an Ole Miss graduate who's worked as a field director for Alan Nunnelee for Congress, noted that despite some early questions about Fitch's chances, the campaign continued working to inform voters of her qualifications.

"Starting out, everywhere we went, early on, people said she seemed qualified but that we weren't going to win," Hughes said. "I think Lynn's work-ethic, character and qualifications have shone through to everybody she met. It was cool to watch that transformation take place."

Besides being just the second woman elected to the Treasurer's office, Fitch made a bit of history alongside Cindy Hyde Smith who defeated Joel Gill in the Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner's race.

Those two victories mark the first time in state history that a woman will hold two of the eight statewide elected offices.

"Having two republican women in office is a tremendous opportunity," Fitch said. "This allows young women to see us both in role model positions and that you can be successful with hard work."

Fitch will be sworn into office Jan. 5 and will begin her work with the state treasury.

"The treasurer's office is very complex and there are a lot of aspects I think we can improve," Fitch said. "I want to keep our IMPACT program to continue its outreach and get children invested in education. That will be our workforce. I also want to be involved in the state's economic development plan by helping make fiscally-responsible decisions."