“This is about as close to home as I can get in my district,” said Kelly, noting that he grew up in the nearby community of Neshoba, located in the 3rd Congressional District.
The event attracted constituents from across the 1st Congressional District, with license plates visible from Lee County, Lafayette County and DeSoto County.
A heavy law enforcement presence patrolled the parking lot.
The forum was hosted in a small room with a posted capacity of about 40. The parking lot outside featured dueling partisan messages: “Trump” banners hung off pickup trucks while some more politically-liberal constituents displayed hand-written signs, including one asking Kelly to vote against using taxpayer dollars to fund construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.