Gautier native and U.S. Senate candidate Tobey Bartee stood behind the historic blue podium at the Neshoba County Fair Wednesday to highlight issues he sees the country and the state experience in infrastructure, education, and poverty.

“The struggles I highlight today are not unique to Mississippi,” said Bartee. “We see them in rural, suburban and urban populations across this country.”

Bartee said that both sides of the aisle have to unite to approach these issues together to better prepare Mississippi for the future.

“I’m not saying there’s one quick solution,” said Bartee. “And I’m not saying there’s anyone to blame. We’ve got to work together.”

Bartee acknowledged that he’s relatively unknown in this race for Senator Thad Cochran’s seat, but that he’s ready to make known his reason for going for the position.

“It’s to start a conversation,” said Bartee. “It’s a conversation we are not currently having. It’s where we are, and where we need to be.”