PONTOTOC – Twelve of the 13 candidates running for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat gathered Tuesday night to speak to voters directly at an event sponsored by the Pontotoc Republican Executive Committee.
The candidates, and one representative who spoke on behalf of the absent candidate, had six minutes each to speak. Topics ranged from reforming tax codes to lowering the national debt and other issues such as national defense and immigration.
Candidates in the May 12 special election 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.
As a followup to the story printed in today’s edition of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (found here), listed below are some more notable quotes from each candidate:
Boyce Adams – Columbus businessman
“The question I get asked and I’m sure you’ve been asked…is this country past the point of no return, and the answer is a flat out ‘no.’”
“We have a great opportunity to get this country back on track, to get America back to work and to get Mississippi back to work.”
“America is exceptional. We don’t need to hide that. When America leads, the world follows.”
Sam Adcock – Columbus businessman
Chance Lewis, a Columbus resident, spoke on behalf of Adcock as a volunteer supporter of the campaign.
“(Adcock) does not need training wheels or on-the-job training,” Lewis said.
“Real and simplified tax reform is needed. We can’t keep letting Obama hit us in the gut,” Lewis said quoting a statement from Adcock.
Nancy Collins – State senator R-Tupelo
“I’m running for Congress because our country is in serious trouble.”
“I’m the only candidate in this race with a voting record. I’m a proven conservative with a record to show for it.”
“I stood up to politicians in Jackson, and I’ll do the same in Washington.”
“My faith is what guides me, not what’s politically popular at the time.”
Ed Holliday — Tupelo dentist
“I’m the only candidate who can best articulate our North Mississippi values.”
“When Washington is not working, the worst thing we can do is to send another politician to Washington.
“As the national debt grows, the future of our children diminishes. We need to change that word to generational theft.”
Starner Jones – Memphis emergency room physician
“I think you can agree there has been incredible displays of leadership in this country, but in recent history over the last six years how many of you have felt more secure, more independent, more closely aligned with the country’s core values?”
“America is in a state of crisis.”
“These politicians aren’t fixing a thing.”
Trent Kelly – District Attorney of Saltillo
“It’s not great leadership, it’s great leaders who look to God.”
“I think it’s important we not send troops into harms way when people don’t know what it’s like to be in harms way.”
“I love this great nation. We’re not broke. We’re not perfect, but we can get back on the right track.”
Chip Mills – Itawamba County prosecuting attorney
“Politics as usual has not helped in Washington to get us to where we are today.”
“Politics as usual has slowed down this country’s growth.”
“This election and campaign is not about me; it’s about this country and North Mississippi, a place that’s near and dear to my heart.”
Greg Pirkle – Tupelo attorney
“Congress does not have the will to stop what it’s doing to our country and small businesses.”
“Instead of making the United States a safe haven, it’s become a detriment to new business.”
“This year, I’m going to stop saying will someone (fix this)? This year I’m saying, ‘I am willing to do something about this.’ I know I can make a difference.”
Henry Ross – Eupora lawyer
“We can be great again if we follow these things and restore what America is all about.”
“Seventy-three years now, we’ve had unlimited government. That’s what’s caused the problem we’re all worried about.”
“I’m running for Congress to restore limited Constitutional values.”
Daniel Sparks – Tishomingo County attorney
“Our greatest days are ahead of us with sacrifice and work.”
“We all talk about cutting taxes, reducing benefits. Everyone is going to have to step up and say, ‘I want to do more.'”
“We don’t need top-down education. We need to back up and let our teachers teach.”
Mike Tagert – Transportation Commissioner
“Is this good for the people of the 1st Congressional District? Are these the values they would like to see represented in Washington? That’s the litmus test I will use.”
“The No. 1 issue facing our country is the executive overreach of this administration.”
“This is about public service; not self service.”
Quentin Whitwell – Oxford attorney
“If you’re nice enough to elect me to Washington I’m going to work everyday to make sure the principles all of us have talked about are represented.”
“I know the effects of Obamacare. We must not stop until we repeal it.”
“I’m just Quentin. I’m not going to change. I’m not going to be anyone different.”
Walter Howard Zinn Jr. – Pontotoc attorney
“I desire to make Mississippi first by looking forward instead of looking backward.”
“A lot of people here are very talent. I am the best person for this job.”
“No matter what the weather is in (Washington) D.C., or who the president is, it’s about putting together an agenda that makes Mississippi great.”