An often discussed political rumor in Mississippi is that highly regarded Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes might make a primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Biloxi. Some speculate Hewes will oppose Palazzo in 2018. Others suggest Hewes
would serve two more years of his second term as mayor and prepare for a 2020 race against Palazzo. Hewes would bring an impressive resume in an effort to unseat a congressional incumbent. He has received very high remarks as mayor of Mississippi’s second largest city and easily won re-election.. Hewes served 20 years in the Mississippi Senate and was president pro tempore until he ran for lieutenant governor against Tate Reeves in the 2011 GOP primary. The USM grad lost a very tough and bitter race, but apparently he and Reeves have put aside any bitterness from that race.