Prepare now for the 2014 General Election. As a mid-term election, voter turn-out is generally lower meaning every vote is even more important.
The following are the candidates for the various offices affecting Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. All links are to the candidates’ campaign websites, if available. Additional information on each candidate can be found by searching The Blessings of Liberty.
U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District:
Several judicial positions are up for election this cycle as well. Below are the listings for the coastal counties with Circuit Court judgeships on the ballot:
District 2 (Hancock, Harrison, Stone):
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 1: Lisa P. Dodson (unopposed)
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 2:
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 3: Larry Bourgeois (unopposed)
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 4: Roger T. Clark (unopposed)
District 19 (George, Greene, Jackson):
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 1: Robert P. “Bob” Krebs (unopposed)
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 2: Kathy King Jackson (unopposed)
- Circuit Court Judge, Place 3: Dale Harkey (unopposed)
Below are the candidates for the coastal counties’ Chancery Courts:
District 8 (Hancock, Harrison, Stone):
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 1: Jim Persons (unopposed)
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 2:
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 3:
- Chancer Court Judge, Place 4: Carter Bise (unopposed)
District 16 (George, Greene, Jackson):
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 1:
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 2: Jaye A. Bradley (unopposed)
- Chancery Court Judge, Place 3:
- Michael L. Fondren
- Gary L. Roberts
Jackson County is holding a special election for a new sheriff to replace Mike Byrd who resigned in 2013; more information if available here. Three Mississippi Court of Appeals judgeships are also up for election but none that represent the coastal counties (District 5).
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Mississippi’s 2014 Primary Elections are Tuesday, June 3rd. Below is the 2014 Primary Candidate Information sheet that was enclosed with the Faith Baptist Church Bulletin this morning. There was at least one location that truncated some candidate information so it is re-posted below. Click 2014 Primary Election Candidate Information for a full resolution version suitable for printing.
The information was collected primarily from the candidates’ own websites, voting records, and news articles that have been linked to throughout The Blessings of Liberty.
Faith Baptist Church does not endorse any candidate.
With the Mississippi Primary Elections one week away, candidates will be extra busy getting their messages out. The race for the state’s 4th Congressional District has been overshadowed by the negative and heated race for U.S. Senate. However, the two favorites, Steven Palazzo and Gene Taylor, appear to be in a close race as well.
Taylor continues to bash Palazzo for his support of Biggert-Waters Act (which reformed flood insurance), voting against Hurricane Sandy Relief, while blaming him for recent defense cuts and a failure to hold town hall meetings. Taylor emphasizes that he has always had traditional Mississippi values and that his party change only reflects that the Democrat Party left him, not the other way around.
Palazzo has been running on his record that earned him recognition as the most conservative member of the U.S. Congress from Mississippi. Meanwhile, he has been busy painting Taylor as a liberal Democrat who supported Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), voted countless times for trillions in spending and the liberal agenda, and switched parties only because Democrats are not electable in the state.
The Sun Herald reports that the candidacies of Tom Carter, Ron Vincent, and Tavish Kelly may draw enough conservative votes away from Palazzo to force a run-off. Although he says he hasn’t done any polling, Taylor is predicting the same. Outsiders Carter, Vincent, and Kelly continue to say that neither Palazzo nor Taylor will do enough to cut spending and shrink the national debt. At least Taylor has admitted as much saying that “Mississippi needs those federal dollars.”
In what likely amounts to an inconsequential race, Democrats Matt Moore and Trish Causey have been pushing their agendas of LGBT and women’s rights, equal pay.
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In February, National Journal released its Ratings for the U.S. House of Representatives. The ratings were based on economic, social, and foreign policy issues and Mississippi’s 4th District Congressman, Steven Palazzo, was rated as the most conservative from Mississippi and the 21st most conservative out of all 435 House members. Palazzo is more conservative than 76% of the House of Representatives on Economic issues, 87% on Social issues, and 95% on Foreign Policy issues.
The following organizations offer ratings of elected officials based on their priorities (Economy, Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, etc.) and points of view. Many of these organizations’ websites can be searched to find ratings for previous years so that former representatives (such as Travis Childers and Gene Taylor) can be researched as well:
Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) provides an extensive listing of groups that provide Congressional ratings. Their list can be viewed by clicking HERE.
From the Sun Herald’s May 8th edition of “Around South Mississippi,” Gene Taylor said he declined an offer from Republican opponent Tom Carter to debate. “I think he sent it to the wrong guy,” said Taylor.
Taylor has been repeatedly been calling for a debate with incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo who was unavailable due to the U.S. House of Representatives being in session.
Gene Taylor was interviewed by Tuesday morning on WDAM’s News 7 Sunrise program. During the 5-1/2 minute interview Taylor accused incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo of supporting a cut in Defense spending and unlimited increases in flood insurance rates. Taylor took credit for getting mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to the troops, and over $21 Billion for post-Katrina relief. Saying the cuts in Defense will directly hurt Camp Shelby, Keesler AFB, the Gulfport Seabee Base, and Huntington-Ingalls Shipyard, the cuts will ultimately hurt our nation’s security.
Taylor thinks that Palazzo’s public outreach has been weak and vows to do a better job. If voted back into office, he’ll restart townhall meetings, work with local industries, restore confidence in government, and read the bills (inferring that Rep. Palazzo does or did not).
“I’ve always been pro-life, I’ve always been pro-gun, I’ve always been for a balanced budget, I’ve always been for a strong national defense; that’s not going to change. I’ve always put what is best for Mississippi ahead of either political party.”
For the entire interview, click WDAM News 7 Sunrise.
The Air Force’s decision to move C-130 transport aircraft from Keeler Air Force Base has become a political football in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.
In recent WLOX interviews, Former Rep. Gene Taylor blames incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo’s reckless voting for defense budget cuts and Palazzo blames Taylor for the trillions of dollars in national debt racked-up during his tenure as 4th District Congressman. Another candidate, Tom Carter, said that he’ll just make a phone call to his former colleague, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee, to keep the planes there.
In 2011, national debt was labeled as the biggest threat to national security by then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Mike Mullen. Not surprisingly, DoD’s share of the U.S. budget is shrinking and the Air Force is likely making economic trade-offs:
For his part, Palazzo has challenged the Air Force’s math. And so has every other elected official that represents areas that could be impacted by proposed realignments. If keeping C-130’s at Keesler AFB is the best decision strategically and financially, they should stay. In an election year, what are the chances that politics don’t trump national security?
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