Home » NEWS » Govt/Politics » Mississippi has primaries for 1 Senate seat, 2 House seats

Mississippi has primaries for 1 Senate seat, 2 House seats

Mississippi holds party primaries Tuesday for one seat in the U.S. Senate and two in the U.S. House. If runoffs are needed, they will be June 26.



Republican Roger Wicker, who has been in the Senate since late 2007, faces one challenger in the primary. Richard Boyanton of Diamondhead is a business owner who says in a video on his campaign website: “Wicker and the established party treats the average citizen like we are dirt between their toes.”



Six candidates are in the Democratic primary for Senate. Attorney David Baria and restaurant owner Omeria Scott are members of the Mississippi House. Businessman Howard Sherman is married to actress Sela Ward and has tapped into show business connections: Robert DeNiro and Alec Baldwin hosted a fundraiser for him in New York. Three candidates are running low-budget campaigns. They are Jensen Bohren, who wants to attract voters who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race; Jerone Garland, who says he will push for universal health care and high-speed internet access for rural areas; and Victor G. Maurice Jr., a Marine Corps veteran who says he wants to speak up for fellow African-Americans.



Republican Rep. Gregg Harper, first elected in 2008, is not running. The district encompasses 24 counties in a diagonal across the middle of the state, from the Mississippi River at Natchez up through the Jackson suburbs and further northeast to Starkville.

Six candidates are in the Republican primary. Michael Guest is a district attorney in the two most heavily populated counties, Madison and Rankin. Whit Hughes, who lives in Madison County, is a past deputy director of the state economic development agency. Sally Doty is an attorney and second-term state senator. Perry Parker had a career in international finance before moving back to his native Mississippi. Morgan Dunn founded a health care consulting firm, and she and her husband own a restaurant. Katherine “Bitzi” Tate is a former educator.



Two candidates are in the Democratic primary. Second-term state Rep. Michael Ted Evans, who is a chicken farmer and former firefighter, is facing Michael Aycox, a Navy veteran who says Congress has too many millionaires.



The 4th District encompasses all or part of 14 counties in southern Mississippi. Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo was first elected in 2010 after serving nearly four years in the state House. Palazzo is a Marine Corps veteran and has served in the National Guard. He faces one challenger Republican primary: Brian E. Rose is a military veteran who has similar positions as Palazzo on several issues, including support of tax cuts and opposition to abortion.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Associated Press

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *