The Clarion-Ledger, 8/21/7

If you want to run for office in rural Mississippi, you should be prepared to dodge cans, suffer dog bites and stock up on fresh vegetables – just ask Keith Ball, a candidate for House District 104.

Ball said he was on the road every day from March until the Aug. 7 Republican primary, going from home to home in the rural areas near Petal, knocking on doors and introducing himself.

“I’ve been bitten by dogs twice,” Ball said. “One time I was knocking on a door when one bit me on the back of the leg. They apologized, and I stood there talking with my pants ripped and my leg bleeding, thinking if they don’t remember that then I don’t know what they will.”