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1st District congressional candidates voice platforms

PONTOTOC — Twelve of the 13 candidates running in the May 12 special election in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District appeared Tuesday at an event in Pontotoc.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the candidates had six minutes each to speak to the crowd. The speeches covered a range of topics including reforming tax codes to lowering the national debt.

Although candidates run without party labels in special elections, most in the race identify as Republicans. One of them, Walter Zinn, is a Democrat.

The winner will succeed the late Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in early February. Nunnelee was first elected in 2010, after serving 15 years as a state senator from Tupelo.

The winner will serve most of the two-year term that Nunnelee started in January.



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