Brandon Presley, The Populist

Northern District Transportation Commissioner Brandon Presley is running for a second term this fall, and is one of only two Democratic incumbents running for the 14 statewide and regional races (statewide, PSC, and transportation). Jim Hood, of course, being the other.

Presley, like many north Mississippi Democrats, has staked his reputation on being a populist. He was the sole member of the three-person PSC to oppose the Kemper county lignite coal plant arguing that it would cost ratepayers too much. It did get the PSC’s approval, although the Sierra Club (not exactly popular company in Mississippi) is suing hoping to block production. Some labor groups also opposed the plant.

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