WLOX – Mississippi’s Congressional primary election day is next week
Saturday is the last available day to cast an absentee ballot for next week’s primary races.
Statewide, voters next week will select Republican and Democratic nominees to several congressional seats.
Circuit clerk offices across the state will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, as required by state law.
It was a powerful and moving Memorial Day service this morning at the Veterans Administration in Biloxi. During Monday’s ceremony, several speakers talk about the ultimate sacrifice paid by the men and women who fought and died for our freedom.
Governor Phil Bryant, the guest speaker, spoke of a young Mississippi woman who died in the military training accident last year, leaving behind her young son. While speaking about her, the governor even choked up and received a standing ovation from the crowd of 200.
The Mississippi of Highway Safety Patrol is taking applications for Trooper School Class No. 63.
Applications will be accepted until June 8 and can be found online at dps.state.ms.us or below. Online applications must be printed and submitted to the Human Resources Office with the medical packet information.
Congressman Harper attends wreath laying in Normandy
Participating in a wreath laying ceremony today at the Normandy America Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France, where 9,385 brave Americans are buried, was very emotional as we reflect on the sacrifices made by so many. May God continue to bless this amazing country that we call home. pic.twitter.com/l08kd16GVe
— Gregg Harper (@GreggHarper) May 27, 2018
Tracey Rosebud is black and from Tutwiler; Blake Ferretti is white and from Cleveland. They are squaring off in a runoff special election for the House seat left vacant by retiring Rep. Robert Huddleston, a black Democrat. Although the runoff is officially nonpartisan, Democratic groups are supporting Rosebud while conservative groups back Ferretti.
The seat, which Huddleston held for 23 years before abruptly retiring earlier this year, represents a district that is 61 percent black. The district – stretching from Shaw, up to Cleveland, over to Ruleville, and up toward Clarksdale – was drawn in the early 1990s for a black representative.
Going into Tuesday’s runoff election, many across the district are asking: Should a white person win this seat?
“This race is important because if you have Republicans that can come in and win a 61 percent African American district, every African American seat in the Legislature will be contested by a Republican,” said Rep. Chris Bell, D-Jackson and member of the Legislative Black Caucus. “No matter what the percentage of African Americans in that district, this would be a catalyst for them to further secure a majority within the House.”
MS Democrat Party Chairman Moak issues statement on candidate Aycox
A statement from Chairman Moak: pic.twitter.com/h8ZjFwcRdv
— MS Democratic Party (@msdemocrats) May 27, 2018