Adams, Jones qualify for Congressional race

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.

Boyce Adams

Boyce Adams

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

Jones

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.

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Collins, Sparks latest to qualify in race

TUPELO – State Sen. Nancy Collins and Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks are the latest candidates to officially qualify in the race for Mississippi’s 1st District Congressional seat.

Collins

Collins

Collins and Sparks turned in petitions Thursday with signatures from at least 1,000 registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office ahead of the qualifying deadline Friday.

Four of the 13 candidates who announced intentions to run in the race have yet to turn in signatures. Those candidates include Columbus businessman Boyce Adams, Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones, Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell and Columbus businessman Sam Adcock.

Sparks

Sparks

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.

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Holliday, Ross qualify for Congressional race

TUPELO – Tupelo dentist Ed Holliday and Eupora lawyer Henry Ross qualified Thursday for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress.

Holliday

Holliday

Holliday and Ross are the latest candidates to have gathered and submitted 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office ahead of the qualifying deadline Friday. 

District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle, Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert and Itawamba County prosecuting attorney Chip Mills are the other candidates to qualify.

That leaves six candidates left to qualify by Friday. The remaining candidates include:  state Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo; Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks; Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones; Columbus businessman Boyce Adams; Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell and Columbus businessman Sam Adcock.

Ross

Ross

In a press release issued Thursday, Holliday said he was proud to have his petition signed by voters in each of the 22 counties that make up the district.

“Our campaign continues to gain momentum and we are looking forward to spending then next several weeks visiting with voters throughout the district,” Holliday said. “We will share our message of placing America back on track and restoring our economy through constitutional conservative leadership.”

The special 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.

rod.guajardo@journalinc.com

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Tagert qualifies for Congressional special election

TUPELO – Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert also qualified Wednesday for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat.

Tagert

Tagert

Tagert joins four other candidates who have gathered and submitted 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office.

That leaves eight announced candidates left to qualify before the Friday deadline for the May 12 nonpartisan election. A runoff, if necessary, will be June 2.

In a press release issued Wednesday, Tagert said he was humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement he has received since announcing his candidacy.

“I look forward to traveling the 1st District over the next seven weeks and continuing to share my record of conservative results as Transportation Commissioner as well as my conservative vision to restore America’s strength at home and abroad.”

Pirkle becomes fourth candidate to qualify for race

TUPELO – Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle officially qualified Wednesday for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat.

Pirkle

Pirkle

Pirkle is the fourth candidate to have gathered and submitted 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell and Itawamba County prosecuting attorney Chip Mills of Fulton are the other three candidates to qualify.

That leaves nine candidates left to qualify before the Friday deadline. The remaining candidates include: Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert; state Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo; Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks; Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones; Columbus businessman Boyce Adams; Eupora attorney Henry Ross; Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell; Tupelo dentist Ed Holliday and Columbus businessman Sam Adcock.

The special 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.

rod.guajardo@journalinc.com

Twitter: @rodgjournal

 

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Mills becomes third candidate to officially qualify for race

TUPELO – Itawamba County prosecuting attorney Chip Mills officially qualified Monday for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress.

Mills

Mills

Mills is now the third candidate to have gathered and submitted 1,000 signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State’s office. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo and Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell are the other two candidates to qualify.

That leaves 10 candidates left to qualify before the Friday deadline. The remaining candidates include: Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert; state Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo; Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks; Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle; Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones; Columbus businessman Boyce Adams; Eupora attorney Henry Ross; Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell; Tupelo dentist Ed Holliday and Columbus businessman Sam Adcock.

In a press release issued Monday afternoon, Mills said he believes his deep roots put him in touch with the people and values of the district.

“Today I officially qualified to run for Congress and am very thankful for the volunteers who helped acquire the 1,000 signatures necessary,” Mills said. “I am proud to say that the signatures came from several North Mississippi counties. My goal is to serve all 22 counties of the 1st District, and I am focused on the issues that matter most to the people of North Mississippi.”

The special 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.

rod.guajardo@journalinc.com

Twitter: @rodgjournal

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Hudson becomes first Republican to vote for Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — A tiny break quietly surfaced last week in the Republican fortress that has blocked expansion of Medicaid in Mississippi to cover primarily the working poor as is allowed under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Car Act.

State Sen. Billy Hudson of Hattiesburg became the first Republican legislator to vote for Medicaid expansion.

It was “kind of a vote” for Medicaid expansion that could cover as many as 300,000 working Mississippians. An amendment was offered to the Medicaid appropriations bill stating that no funds would be expended on Medicaid until the state expanded Medicaid as is allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican majority in the Senate killed the amendment. But Hudson voted for it.

In the past, Republicans in unanimity have opposed all efforts to expand Medicaid.

The argument some make is that besides the good achieved by providing health insurance to people, expanding Medicaid also would help struggling Mississippi hospitals. Currently, many hospitals are having budgetary problems in part because of the large percentage of people they have to treat with no medical insurance and no ability to play.

Mississippi Republicans say the state cannot afford the expansion, even though the federal government pays the bulk of the costs.

Many Republican-led states in recents years have relented in their opposition and expanded Medicaid.

Whether Hudson’s vote is the beginning of the softening of that opposition in Mississippi remains to be seen.

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Important dates for voters near in special congressional election

By Rod Guajardo

Daily Journal

TUPELO – As the qualifying deadline for candidates nears in the special election to fill the vacancy in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, deadlines pertaining to voters are also nearing.news_politics_green-130x130

The election was called following the death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee, who died Feb. 6 following a battle with cancer.

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.

Upcoming deadlines for voters include:

• The deadline to register to vote in the May 12 special congressional election is Saturday, April 11. Voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 11 for the voter to cast a ballot in the special election.

• Absentee voting begins Saturday.

• Circuit clerk’s offices will be open until noon on Saturday, May 2 and 9 for in-person absentee voting. The last day to absentee vote in person at the circuit clerk’s office is Saturday, May 9.

• Absentee ballots returned by mail – with the exception of UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) voters – must be received by the circuit clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday, May 11.

• UOCAVA ballots must be received by the circuit clerk’s office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

As of Friday afternoon, only two of the 13 candidates that have announced intentions to run in the race have officially qualified.

That means the remaining 11 candidates have less than a week to turn in a petition with 1,000 signatures from registered voters by the official qualifying deadline of 5 p.m. Friday.

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Columbus businessman to announce candidacy

By Rod Guajardo

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Columbus businessman Sam Adcock will announce Wednesday afternoon his candidacy for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress.

Adcock serves as vice president and general manager for Airbus Helicopter’s Columbus facility. He served as Legislative director under the office of U.S. Sen. Trent Lott from 1990 to 1996 and director of defense and security policy for the Senate majority leader from 1996 to 1997.

Adcock will make the following three stops in the district Wednesday to announce his candidacy:

• 10 a.m. – Golden Triangle Regional Airport (main terminal). 2080 Airport Road, Columbus, MS, 39701

• 1:30 p.m. – Outside Lee County Courthouse. 200 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS, 38804.

• 3:30 p.m. – The Landers Center (meeting room No. 3). 4560 Venture Drive, Southhaven, MS, 38671.

Adcock will be the 13th candidate in the May 12 special election for the 1st District seat, which became available after Congressman Alan Nunnelee 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. The qualifying deadline to enter the race is March 27.

rod.guajardo@journalinc.com

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Tupelo dentist intends to run in congressional race

By Rod Guajardo

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Ed Holliday, a Tupelo dentist and Tea Party member, said he plans to announce Wednesday his plans to run for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress.

Ed Holliday

Ed Holliday

Holliday posted the following on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon: “For anyone interested in politics and American government. I will be announcing that I am running for Congress on Wednesday, March 18, at 10:00am in front of the Lee County Courthouse. Anyone who can come out I would appreciate your support!”

Holliday will be the 12th candidate in the May 12 special election for the 1st District seat, which became available after Congressman Alan Nunnelee died Feb. 6 following a battle with cancer. The 1st District consists of Northeast Mississippi and stretches to DeSoto County in the northwest part of the state.

The other announced candidates are Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert; state Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo; District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo; Itawamba County prosecuting attorney Chip Mills of Fulton; Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served on the Jackson City Council; Tishomingo County attorney Daniel Sparks; Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle; Pontotoc native and Memphis emergency room physician Starner Jones; Columbus businessman Boyce Adams; Eupora lawyer Henry Ross and Columbus businessman Danny Bedwell.

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. The qualifying deadline to enter the race is March 27.

rod.guajardo@journalinc.com

Twitter: @rodgjournal