By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal
JACKSON – Rep. Warner McBride of Courtland announced this morning that he’s serving his last year in the state House of Representatives.
Deadline to qualify for all legislative posts is June 1.
McBride, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully to be North Mississippi’s transportation commissioner after the death of long-time official Bill Minor of Holly Springs.
Here’s what McBride had to say about his decision:
“My family and I sincerely appreciate the support of the community that we have enjoyed since 1992. It has been one of the greatest privileges and highest honor of my life to represent our community in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
“After prayerful consideration, I have made the decision not to seek re-election. I was elected at the age of 35 to share the opportunity of shaping the future of the next generation. I feel it is time now for a member of the next generation to have the same opportunity for service that I have had.
“My first priority in the State Legislature has always been standing up for the best interests of Panola, Lafayette and Tallahatchie Counties. During my time in the State Legislature, I have had increasing opportunities to take on leadership roles for our region and State, most recently as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.”
McBride cites among his proudest accomplishments in the Legislature:
· working for State Funding to attract the General Electric Facility to Batesville and the Winchester expansion to Oxford — together adding over 1500 jobs to the local economy in a time of recession;
· fighting for increased funding for K-12 education;
· promoting increased access to better and more affordable health care particularly mental health care;
· providing leadership as Chairman of the Transportation Committee to push forward a plan to 4-lane Highway 6 between Batesville and Clarksdale; to 4-lane Highway 7 South of Oxford; to construct a new, safer Jackson Avenue – Highway 6 Interchange in Oxford
· crafting $300 million in transportation bond issue that will allow improvements to several unsafe bridges in the area.
McBride also said he is proud to have been in the position to promote the Christian values of the community and to help provide much needed funding for those in need after the natural disasters struck our state.
“I am making this announcement at this time, to allow the next generation the same opportunity to serve. Until my term is completed, at the end 2011, I will continue to work hard and fulfill my responsibilities to the people of my district,” he said.