TUPELO – Columbus businessman Boyce Adams and Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones are the latest candidates to qualify for Mississippi’s 1st District Congressional seat.
Adams and Jones turned in petitions with at least 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office before the deadline today.
That leaves two candidates left to qualify – Columbus businessmen Danny Bedwell and Sam Adcock. The candidates have until 5 p.m. today to turn in their signatures.
Adams said in a press release he looked forward to continuing working hard to earn the vote from people across the 1st District.
“As someone who has created jobs in Mississippi, I’ll use my background as a small businessman to look at everything in Congress from a unique perspective,” Adams said. “I know firsthand the impact of government’s laws, policies and regulations on small businesses in Mississippi. That’s why I will work to get government out of the way—so we can create more jobs and opportunities for all Mississippians.”
Jones said in a press release it was his belief that if Mississippians want different results in Washington, they should send a different type of person to Washington.
“We just can’t trust the same career politicians and political insiders to fix the mess they created,” Jones said. “I’m a conservative outsider who has never run for office. I have spent my life saving people as an emergency room doctor.”
The special May 12 election was called following the death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee, who died Feb. 6 following a battle with cancer.
The candidates will run together in a nonpartisan election, and the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff if no one obtains a majority vote. The runoff is slated for June 2.