By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Harvey Moss, D-Corinth, joins the ranks of influential Northeast Mississippi House members who will not seek re-election this year.
Moss, 59, announced Thursday he will drop out of the race to retain the House District 2 post he has held since 1984. Moss qualified to seek re-election before the June 1 deadline.
He said no one factor led him to change his mind.
“There comes a time in life when one must make tough decisions,” he said in a news release, “and this is one of those times.”
Moss admitted the decision of Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, not to seek re-election played a factor in his retirement. McCoy, a two-term speaker elected to the House one term before Moss, announced his retirement in late May.
Moss has been one of McCoy’s key allies. Moss served as the House majority whip and chaired the influential Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee.
Other veteran Northeast Mississippi House members not seeking re-election are Greg Ward, D-Ripley, Jack Gadd, D-Hickory Flat, Warner McBride, D-Courtland, and Noal Akins, R-Oxford.
Those seats are expected to be crucial battlegrounds as Republicans and Democrats vie to gain a House majority, which elects the speaker.
Democrat Nick Bain and Republican A.L. Wood III, both of Corinth, qualified for Moss’ District 2 post, which includes most of Alcorn County.
In recent months the state Republican Party criticized Moss, claiming he tried to remove a potential opponent from his district in the redistricting effort.
Moss said he was honored to work on major legislation that helped the state.
“The ’87 Highway Program was the best thing I have been involved in,” he said. “It had the most profound impact on economic development and safety.”
He said his efforts to improve his area’s education were important.
He also cited state funds he added to legislation to build the Alcorn County Regional Justice Center. It will serve as a county jail, house 300 minimum security state inmates and provide office space for Corinth/Alcorn County law enforcement and emergency personnel.
It is scheduled to open next week, with an open house and walk-through for the public Wednesday.
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