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North Mississippi US House race grows to 11 candidates

JACKSON — Henry Ross, an attorney, former mayor and former circuit judge from Eupora, said Thursday that he’s running to fill a vacant U.S. House seat in north Mississippi.

His announcement brings to 11 the number of candidates, so far, in the race to succeed Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. Nunnelee first won the 1st District seat in 2010, when he unseated Democratic Rep. Travis Childers.

Ross — who lost to Nunnelee in the 2010 and 2012 Republican primaries — said in a statement Thursday that he wants to protect gun owners’ rights and end “fiscal irresponsibility and environmental overreach.”

“In today’s America, the great virtues of limited government, self-reliance, and individual and moral responsibility are being rapidly replaced by reliance on big government,” Ross said. “Hand-in-hand with big government come the destructive forces of redistribution and dependency.”

Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the special election, which is May 12. A runoff is June 2.

The winner will serve until January 2017, which is most of the two-year term that Nunnelee started.

The other announced candidates are businessmen Boyce Adams and Danny Bedwell, both of Columbus; state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo; Dr. Starner Jones of Pontotoc; District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo; attorney Chip Mills of Fulton; attorney Greg Pirkle of Tupelo; attorney Daniel Sparks of Oxford; Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville; and attorney Quentin Whitwell of Oxford.

Candidates run without party labels in special elections, but most in the race so far are Republican. Bedwell is Libertarian.



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