STARKVILLE and RIPLEY — Mike Tagert, currently serving as president, Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Council, and Tippah County Supervisor Dennis Grisham have announced their candidacy for transportation commissioner, North Mississippi, in the special election scheduled for Jan. 11, 2011.
The special election is to fill the seat of the late Bill Minor.
After his service in the United States Marine Corps, Tagert worked his way through Millsaps College, completing a bachelor of science degree. He then received a master of science and master of public policy and administration degrees at Mississippi State University.
From there, Tagert, a Republican, pursued a career embracing both public and private sectors, serving as a special projects officer for the Department of Agriculture and Commerce, executive director of the State Bureau of Plant Industry, member of the Alabama Intermodal Infrastructure Advisory Board, vice president of the Coalition of Alabama Waterway Associations and vice president of Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Inc.
Tagert currently serves as a member of the Trade and Transportation Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as the leading economic development manager for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
Tagert is active in a number of civic organizations in North Mississippi including the Red Cross and the Starkville Area Arts Council.
Tagert is married to the former Mary Love Mortimer of Kilmichael. They are the parents of Frances, 4, and Harlan, 3. They live in Starkville.
Grisham is in his seventh term as a Tippah County supervisor and is immediate past president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. For more than 30 years he was owner and operator of Grisham Asphalt and Paving Company Inc. with asphalt plants in New Albany and Ripley. Grisham is also a cattleman and a private pilot.
He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville and the University of Southern Mississippi, and he is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Grisham is a member of the Dumas Baptist Church where he serves as Adult Men’s Sunday School Class teacher. He is a member of the Yocona Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion.
He is married to the former Lynda McAlister of Ripley. They have three children and nine grandchildren.