State Sen. Michael Watson is the last of the McDaniel-Sojourner-Watson trio to announce his intentions for 2015. Watson represents senate district 51 in Jackson County.
According to the MSGOP list, should Watson run for reelection he will face a GOP primary versus newcomer Alisha Nelson McElhenney.
Little is known about McElhenney, however a LinkedIn profile shows her as a Mobile County school teacher and the interim chair of the Jackson County Conservative Coalition, a group apparently formed as others around the state following the McDaniel US Senate challenge.
Watson has long had aspirations for higher office and isn’t shy in exploring those options publicly, just as his friend from Jones County. Rumor in Jackson County is that Watson wants to challenge Congressman Steven Palazzo for the 4th District in 2016. With McDaniel actively exploring for that federal office and hinting at a run in a very open way, one has to think Watson can’t be too hip on McDaniel throwing shade on his long believed to be plan.
But for now we wait to see what Watson does in 2015 – qualify for reelection and face what appears to be a friendly intra party challenger or sign up for a higher office in the last hours before the deadline.