Word this morning is that Republican District Attorney Trent Kelly has decided to run. Kelly is from Tupelo with a district that covers Alcorn, Itwawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties.
If Kelly gets in the race, then he could become a top-tier candidate alongside Tagert and Adams. He has the same populist, prosecutorial, courthouse appeal that makes Attorney General Jim Hood as potent as he is.
Kelly’s biggest obstacle will be fundraising. Tagert has already shown that he can raise money. If Adams enjoys the support of Bryant’s team, then fundraising should not be overly difficult for him. Where Kelly turns is the question.
All three of these candidates have a base in the eastern part of the district, giving Tagert and Kelly the benefit of holding office there and regularly working with a constituency. It also means that Tagert has the best chance of winning in the western part of the district. He currently represents Desoto County, plus you would expect Johnson to work to deliver Desoto to Tagert.