The following have qualified for candidacy in the 2015 election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Only the Gulf Coast region is represented below. For a complete list see Empower Mississippi‘s tabulation for the entire state.
District 93 (Hancock/Pearl River):
- Incumbent Timmy Ladner (R)
- Billy Joe Ladner (D)
District 95 (Hancock/Harrison): Incumbent Patricia Willis (R) of Diamondhead is unopposed.
District 105 (Greene):
- Dennis Cochran (D)
- Roun McNeal (R)
District 106 (Pearl River): Incumbent Herb Frierson (R) of Poplarville is running unopposed.
District 107 (George):
- Incumbent Doug McLeod (R)
- Austin Howell (D)
District 108 (Pearl River):
- Incumbent Mark S. Formby (R)
- Leaven Guy (D)
District 109 (Jackson): Incumbent Manly Barton (R) of Moss Point is running unopposed.
District 110 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Jeramey D. Anderson (D)
- Mitch Ellerby (D)
District 111 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Charles Busby (R)
- Kay Sims (D)
District 112 (Jackson):
- Incumbent John O. Read (R)
- Amanda Magee (R)
District 113 (Jackson): Incumbent Hank Zuber (R) of Ocean Springs is running unopposed.
District 114 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Jeffrey S. “Jeff” Guice (R)
- Dr. Barney W. O’Neal (R)
District 115 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Randall H. Patterson (R)
- Patrick K. Williams (R)
District 116 (Harrison): Incumbent Casey Eure (R) of Biloxi is running unopposed.
District 117 (Harrison): Incumbent Scott DeLano (R) of Biloxi is running unopposed.
District 118 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Greg Haney (R)
- John McCay, III (R)
District 119 (Harrison): Incumbent Sonya Williams-Barnes (D) of Gulfport is running unopposed.
District 120 (Harrison): Incumbent Richard Bennett (R) of Long Beach is running unopposed.
District 121 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Carolyn Crawford (R)
- Jeff Wallace (R)
- Hunter Dawkins (D)
- Brian Pearse (D)
District 122 (Hancock)
- Incumbent David Baria (D)
- Mickey Lagasse (R)
In the wake of the Mississippi House’s rejection of education vouchers for 500 special needs students, Louisiana reports 91.9% of parents are happy with the Louisiana Scholarship Program. The program provides funds for parents to choose a school of their choice if they have incomes below 250% of the federal poverty limit and are enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade. Of those parents, 91.6% said they are happy with academic progress.
Louisiana’s program now supports 6,490 families. Despite documented academic successes which led Louisiana’s legislature to roll-out the program statewide, the program had to survive a Justice Department lawsuit last year that alleged the program “impede[d] desegregation.” Keep in mind, all the students benefitting from the vouchers are poor and most are minorities!
Just as Louisiana had to fight unions and the federal government to get and then keep the voucher program in place, Mississippi will have to fight those that benefit from the status quo. Where does your state Senator or state Representative stand? Below is how Gulf Coast Representatives voted on vouchers for special needs students:
- Jeramey D. Anderson (110)–Nay
- David Baria (122)–Nay
- Sonya Williams-Barnes (119)–Nay
- Manly Barton (109)–Yea
- Richard Bennett (120)–Yea
- Charles Busby (111)–Yea
- Carolyn Crawford (121)–Yea
- Scott DeLano (117)–Yea
- Casey Eure (116)–Yea
- Jeffrey S. Guice, Harrison & Jackson Counties (114)–Yea
- Greg Haney (118)–Nay
- Timmy Ladner, Hancock & Harrison Counties (93)–Yea
- Doug McLeod (107)–Yea
- Randall H. Patterson (115)–Nay
- John O. Read (112)–Yea
- Patricia Willis, Hancock & Harrison Counties (95)–Yea
- H.B. “Hank” Zuber, III (113)–Yea
Even if they voted with your desires in the 2014 session, be sure to let them know what you think. Nothing keeps them from changing their vote in the future except accountability to constituents.
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In a WLOX report, former Congressman Gene Taylor stated that incumbent Congressman Steven Palazzo has no credibility with the Department of Defense and “doesn’t know how to get things done.” For the full report, see Gene Taylor: Palazzo has no credibility, doesn’t know how to get things done.
On Palazzo’s campaign website, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988 and served in the Persian Gulf War’s Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Palazzo is currently serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard, the only active member of Congress to be doing so.
Palazzo unseated Taylor, a 20-year incumbent Democrat, from the 4th Congressional District seat in 2010. During that primary, Palazzo was considered the “Republican establishment” candidate and Joe Tegerdine the “Tea Party” challenger. After defeating Tegerdine in the Republican Primary that year, Tegerdine endorsed the Democrat Taylor for his “record of integrity and willingness to be forthright with the people in our district” and not his record.