11 hopefuls on hunt for 1st District seat

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Registered nurse Gail Giaramita wants to bring God back to America as she aims to win one of Mississippi’s four seats in the U.S. House this fall.
“If we don’t turn back to God, America is going to fall,” Giaramita, 54, said Tuesday, one day after she qualified to run as the Constitution Party’s candidate in North Mississippi’s 1st District.
Monday was the qualifying deadline for all U.S. House candidates, who filed necessary paperwork with their parties or the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
Incumbent Travis Childers of Booneville is the lone Democrat. He’s seeking his second term in Congress.
Three Republicans will face off June 1 to decide the GOP nominee. They are former Fox News commentator Angela McGlowan of Oxford, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo and Henry Ross, the former mayor of Eupora.
Two other non-mainstream party candidates also filed qualifying papers:
– Harold M. Taylor, 54, of Hernando, Libertarian Party
– Barbara Dale Washer, 63, of Hattiesburg, Reform Party
Their names were not known by the Daily Journal until Tuesday.
Although Hattiesburg is not in the 1st District, House candidates are not required to live in the district where they will run for office.
Taylor, a retired Air Force master sergeant, says he’s voted Libertarian since 1982 and criticizes Congress’ Democrats and Republicans for failing to balance the budget.
He says he favors passing laws to eliminate bureaucracy, like the Department of Education, which he says isn’t what the Constitution calls on Congress to do.
Washer, retired from teaching in Hattiesburg schools, said she ran for this congressional seat in 2004 and wants to try again. She says she isn’t running in her home district because she likes the job being done by its incumbent, Rep. Gene Taylor, a Democrat from Bay St. Louis.
Her top campaign issues, Washer says, are bringing gasoline prices down by increased domestic drilling, and channeling foreign aid to create new jobs in America.
Four independent candidates also qualified – electrician A.G. Baddley of Hernando, Les Green of Hernando, plumber Rico Hoskins of Batesville and retired restaurateur Wally Pang of Batesville.
Names on the Nov. 1 general election ballot will be Childers, the GOP winner and all the others.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.