The Meridian Star, 11/14/7

Ever since District 3 Congressman Chip Pickering announced that he would not seek re-election, many names have been thrown around as to which people might vie for the 2008 Republican nomination for that post.

A small group gathered at Dumont Plaza Wednesday afternoon in Meridian to hear a short speech from John Rounsaville, 33, of Madison, who formally announced his candidacy for the nomination.

Rounsaville, who began his career as an aide to Pickering and recently resigned his post as USDA Rural Development State Director, is running on a wholly conservative platform; 2nd amendment protection, immigration control, and pro-life concerns are just some of his top issues as congressional candidate.