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State Rep. Robert Foster (R-Hernando) talks about the end of the legislative session to Olive Branch Rotarians on Tuesday. Foster is one of three Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the August primary election.  

The gubernatorial campaign of Hernando state Rep. Robert Foster took a hit recently when his truck was broken into at a Republican event in Jackson.

After an appearance at the Olive Branch Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, Foster said the items, that included campaign materials, still have not been recovered.

“I hope it was just random and it was very likely, being in Jackson,” Foster said. “I don’t like to keep anything valuable in my vehicle and leave it unguarded, but we’re living out of that vehicle and everywhere we go we have to have our stuff with us."

Foster said the items taken included clothing, personal items, campaign documents and a laptop computer.

“Documents, paperwork, folders, jump drive, laptop, basically our whole campaign, both digital and print,” Foster said. “Fortunately, a lot of things are backed up through online databases and things where we can retrieve it. It’s just that there are some things that are going to be lost.”

The Hernando Republican, running for governor against Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and former state Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., said nothing taken will be detrimental to the campaign, but it will be “a pain” to retrieve them.

During his stop in Olive Branch, Foster talked about his recent debate with Waller, believing it went well, although he was still disappointed that Reeves was not a part of the debate.

“I got my points across very well and I'm looking forward to hopefully some other debates where, hopefully, we can have all three on the stage and we can have a little more exchange,” said Foster.

The first-term Republican legislator continued to stump for a change in the state’s dependence on income taxes.

“I think the flat tax that I am proposing, shifting from personal income tax to a sales and excise tax-based economy is a big change that Mississippi needs in order for us to take it to the next level economically and I was able to hopefully articulate that position," Foster said. “We’re working hard on the ground to outwork our opponents. They’ve got more money but we’re going to outwork them and get our message out there, one way or another.”

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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