Dickey, Weathers to spar for Democrat nod
The U.S. Representative’s race in the First Congressional District is heating up with two Democrats battling to gain the Democratic nomination to face the GOP incumbent in the fall.
Ron Dickey, a U.S. Army veteran and former law enforcement officer, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the June 3 primary race against Rex Weathers of Tishomingo County for the U.S. House of Representatives post.
The winner of that contest will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, of Tupelo in the Nov. 4 general election.
Dickey started out with a career in law enforcement and is a former Green Beret, serving with the Green Berets as part of the Third Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg.
The Alcorn County native has lived in DeSoto County for the past 12 years. The Horn Lake resident is employed with the Memphis Crisis Center, an alcohol/drug abuse rehabilitation center along with mental health clients.
Dickey is married to wife Wanda, a school teacher in the Memphis City Schools. The couple are rearing a son Dominic, a 2010 graduate of Horn Lake High School.
“I’m not a trained politician,” Dickey said in a recent interview with the DeSoto Times-Tribune.
Dickey said he has his ear trained to what voters are saying on the street, and they want the minimum wage to rise, along with protection of equal rights for everyone and healthcare expansion.
Dickey said he favors a rise in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
“You can agree or disagree on the number but it needs to be a dollar or two higher than it is now,” Dickey said.