Mississippi holds party primaries for its four U.S. House seats on Tuesday, with three Republicans and one Democrat seeking re-election. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If ballots are needed, they will be on June 28.
Republican Representative Trent Kelly won a special election in 2015 in northern Mississippi’s 1st congressional district after serving as district attorney for several northern Mississippi counties. He is backed by former President Donald Trump.
Kelly is being challenged in the Republican primary by Mark D. Strauss, who has a picket fence near his home painted with slogans such as “Trump Won” and “COVID testing is poison.”
The 1st District Democratic primary is between two candidates for the first time. Hunter Avery says he supports Medicare for All and Dianne Black says she wants to expand access to health care and fight climate change.
Mississippi’s only Democrat in Washington, U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of a committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Thompson has been in Congress since winning the 1993 special election. The 2nd District now encompasses most of western Mississippi and much of the Jackson metropolitan area.
Thompson faces a Democratic lead opponent, Jerry Kerner, who calls Thompson “a gullible follower of the House’s anti-American leadership.”
The 2nd District Republican primary candidates are Michael Carson, a diesel mechanic who cites former President Ronald Reagan as a role model; Ronald Eller, a retired army captain who campaigns on free enterprise and limited government; Brian Flowers, a military veteran who lost to Thompson in 2020 and now says Thompson is “trying to bully American patriots” into investigating January 6, 2021 activities; and Stanford Johnson, a truck driver who advocates term limits in Congress.
U.S. Representative Michael Guest was first elected in 2018 from central Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district, after serving as district attorney in Rankin and Madison counties. He campaigned in support of border security and gun rights.
Guest is challenged by Michael Cassidy, a former Navy pilot who blames Guest for being in the minority of Republicans who voted to create a committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol ; and Thomas B. Griffin, a business owner who says he wants to put Christian values in schools.
No Democratic primary is held because Shuwaski A. Young was unopposed for the nomination. It will be on the general election ballot.
Republican U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo is a military veteran who ousted a longtime Democratic congressman in 2010 in southern Mississippi’s 4th district. Now he faces his biggest field of challengers, along with six other GOP primary candidates.
A 2021 report from the Congressional Ethics Office found “substantial reason to believe” that Palazzo abused his office by spending campaign funds, doing favors for his brother and enlisting staff for errands. political and personal. Palazzo declined to fully participate in the investigation, but her spokeswoman at the time, Colleen Kennedy, said it was based on “false allegations” made by an opponent in a previous primary.
Palazzo’s opponents for the Republican nomination are Carl Boyanton, a former farm products company owner who lost to Palazzo in the 2020 GOP primary and filed the complaint that sparked the ethics investigation into the member of the Congress; Raymond N. Brooks, who served as a Gulfport police officer and says he wants to strengthen border security; Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, who also campaigns on border security; Kidron Peterson, a machinist who says he wants to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States; Clay Wagner, a retired banker who says he wants to limit taxation and regulation; and State Senator Brice Wiggins, who campaigns on border security and has worked to expand access to early childhood education programs.
Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination. Johnny L. DuPree is a former mayor of Hattiesburg and was the Democratic candidate for governor in 2011. David Sellers is a cabinet minister who says he wants to raise the minimum wage and end mass incarceration.
A Libertarian candidate, Alden Patrick Young, will be on the ballot for the 4th District in November.