Political handshaking heats up for weekend

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Political candidates and hopefuls will be out in force over Fourth of July weekend, many at the iconic Jacinto Festival in Alcorn County.
U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Booneville Democrat, and his Republican rival, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, are making plans to be there.
They’ll be speaking and shaking hands across the 24-county district during the long holiday break, their campaigns say.
Childers reports he’ll be at the Booneville parade Saturday morning, and then on to Jacinto, where politicking is legendary around the old courthouse.
Nunnelee also will be there.
The Jacinto Festival, in its 31st incarnation, usually is held July 4 but since that date falls on Sunday, they’ve set it for Saturday.
Today, Nunnelee will be at the Hernando Children’s Parade, then on Saturday also will take in the Tupelo Tea Party event, and Fourth of July celebrations in Tupelo and Grenada.
Sunday, he’ll campaign at Potts Camp and Southaven’s July 4 event.
Other candidates scheduled to speak at Jacinto across the midday hours will be congressional candidates Wally Pang and Les Green, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dave Dennis, and Corinth city candidates, Tommy Irwin for mayor, Jennifer McCoy for alderman at large, Brandon Whitley for Ward 5 alderman and Chip Timbes for police chief.