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By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal JACKSON – The political spotlight in the 2015 race for Transportation Commissioner in the Northern District shines brightest on the contested Republican primary in Aug. 4 voting. Incumbent Commissioner Mike Tagert, Starkville, is running for re-election against GOP opponent Jimmie Mills, Tupelo, an engineer who formerly headed the Tombigbee River […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – Lee County’s House District 17 features the only legislative race in Northeast Mississippi where an incumbent is not seeking re-election. Brian Aldridge, R-Tupelo, who has represented the District since 2004, opted not to run this year. Four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, are vying to […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Five of Mississippi’s 82 counties are reporting high rates of absentee voting, the state’s top elections official said Tuesday. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said about 5 percent to 6 percent of voters usually cast absentee ballots. Hosemann said the rate so far this year is nearly […]

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District 17 candidate Jim Newman, from left, Charles Penson, Shane Aguirre and Mark Prince, stand as they each introduce themselves at the Parents for Public Education Forum on Monday night at the Lee County Library in Tupelo.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – The four candidates vying for the House District 17 seat spoke on a number of education-related topics ranging from Initiative 42 to the prospect of mandatory kindergarten attendance during a forum Monday night at the Lee County Library. The House 17 candidates include Democrats Jim Newman and Charles […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Jimmy Wayne Russell is hoping the second time is the charm as he squares off against first-time candidate Lauren Childers in the Democratic primary for the House District 3 post. The winner of the Aug. 4 primary will face Republican incumbent William Tracy Arnold of Booneville […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – Both incumbent state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo and challenger, Guntown Alderman Chad McMahan, tout their conservative values as they battle for votes in the Aug. 4 Republican primary. The winner of the primary will not face opposition in November. “I enjoy my job, and I […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Second-term Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is defending his campaign spending on travel, vehicles and a garage door. Pickering told The Associated Press on Friday that he believes his Republican primary opponent, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, is trying to mislead people about his record before the Aug. […]

DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – The National Rifle Association has endorsed state Sen. Nancy Collins in the race for Senate District 6. Collins of Tupelo is running for re-election and faces challenger Guntown Aldermen Chad McMahan in the Aug. 4 Republican primary. The winner of the primary will not face opposition in November, meaning the race […]

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By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Mike Chaney was elected the Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance in 2007, and the Tupelo native hopes voters give him a third term. But Chaney faces an opponent in the Republican primary, John Mosley of Clinton, who says Chaney hasn’t done enough to help the state’s consumers. The winner […]