By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – They have not been invited to the various debates and joint appearances made by Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates across the state, but they also are campaigning and getting their names out there.
In addition to the four “major candidates” – two Republicans and two Democrats – are five other people whose names will be appear on the Aug. 2 election ballots.
Two are Democrats: Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville and William Bond Compton Jr. of Meridian. Three are Republicans: James Broadwater of Byram, Hudson Holliday of Picayune and Ron Williams of Moss Point.
Compton, a Meridian High School science teacher, has made a minor splash in recent days by being the latest to question the residency of Democratic front-runner, Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett. Luckett, whose candidacy was approved by the state Democratic Party, voted in Tennessee in 2006.
Shaw, a 74-year-old retired Yalobusha tax assessor, has been a hit at the debates he has been invited to with his colorful, down-home delivery.
But, according to the July 8 campaign finance report filed with the Secretary of State’s office, Shaw has spent $916 for the year on his gubernatorial campaign – far from enough to even get his name out statewide – much less his message. Compton has spent $300 for the year.
On the Republican side, Williams, a businessman, and Holliday, a Pearl River County supervisor/businessman, are spending a great deal more of their own money to get their message out.
Williams, in particular, has put up billboards across the state and is running ads on cable television and on the radio. His message is that a non-politician is needed to clean up the mess in Jackson that he said has been made by career politicians.
On his web page, Williams says, “Ask yourself, ‘Am I better off today than I was four years ago?’ If your answer is ‘no’ then something in Mississippi has to be fixed. I’m for less government waste, fewer taxes, better schools & more jobs. We can’t out spend big money campaigns, but we can out-vote them.”
Williams has thus far spent $597,337 of his own funds on the race.
Holliday, a retired National Guard general, has a similar message.
On his web page, Holliday says, “Together we can take Mississippi back from the special interest groups.”
Holliday put about $550,000 into his campaign. Through the July 8 report, though, he had spent only $100,063.
Broadwater, a minister and Tea Party activist, has spent $1,028 through the July 8 report.