Analysis: Former lawmakers aim for Mississippi Senate seats

Four other ex-lawmakers are trying to oust Senate incumbents in the Nov. 3 general election:

— In District 4, Democrat Eric Powell is challenging Republican Sen. Rita Potts Parks, who defeated him in 2011….

…In District 15 in the north-central part of the state, Democrat Cecil Simmons of Mathiston is challenging third-term Republican Sen. Gary Jackson of French Camp…

…In District 22, which stretches through the Delta and into the northern suburbs of Jackson, Democrat Joseph C. Thomas Sr. of Yazoo City is challenging third-term Republican Sen. Eugene “Buck” Clarke of Hollandale, chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee….

…In District 37 near the southwestern corner of the state, Democrat Bob Dearing, who served 32 years in the Senate, is challenging Republican Sen. Melanie Sojourner, a fellow Natchez resident who unseated him in 2011.