Legislative candidates prep for primaries

In Senate District 51 in coastal Jackson County, two-term incumbent Michael Watson of Pascagoula is challenged in the Republican primary by Butch Loper of Vancleave, who was the county’s emergency management director for four years.

Watson, a 37-year-old attorney, is an ally of state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville…

…”I don’t think a good partnership is happening between the House of Representatives and the senators of Jackson County,” Loper said.

Watson disagreed.

“The coastal delegation is working together so much better now than it ever has before,” Watson said in a separate interview. “Butch hasn’t done his homework and doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he says things like that.”…

In northern Mississippi, the newly configured Senate District 10 has all of Tate County and most of Marshall County. It also has two Democratic incumbents in the party primary — first-term Sen. Steve Hale of Senatobia and second-term Sen. Bill Stone of Holly Springs…

…Hale has filed court papers challenging whether Stone will meet the requirement of living in the Senate district for two full years by the November general election. Hale says Stone will fall short of the two years. Stone says he will meet the requirement.