Bill Marcy to run as Democrat in US Senate race

Bill Marcy said Friday that he’s changing party labels, but not his conservative beliefs, to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi this year.

The Vicksburg resident courted tea party voters when he ran as a Republican for the U.S. House in 2010 and 2012. Both times, he lost to Democratic incumbent Bennie Thompson.

Marcy, 67, said Friday that he filed qualifying papers for the Senate race Wednesday with the state Democratic Party. He’s the first Democrat to enter the statewide race for a seat that has been held by Republican Thad Cochran for 35 years.