By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Republican Henry Ross officially entered the congressional race Tuesday with a series of campaign stops and a bold message for north Mississippi.
Flanked by some 40 supporters during his Tupelo visit, the former Eupora mayor and circuit judge said he’s ready to wrest the nation from the hands of those who have led it astray.
“Are we going to go down the dark path of socialism,” Ross asked the crowd that gathered at the Veterans Memorial at Veteran’s Memorial Park. “Or are we going to stay on the path our founders gave us, the path of freedom?”
Ross made similar speeches in Hernando, Corinth and Columbus.
The 53-year-old will face GOP challenger and state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo in the Republican primary. Fox News Analyst and Lafayette County native Angela McGlowan also has expressed interest in entering the race.
Whoever wins will meet U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Miss., in the November general election. Childers, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, has held the seat since 2008.
Ross told the Daily Journal he respects his current and potential GOP challengers, but he said he’s the clear choice in a field of career politicians and political insiders.
“People are ready for a fresh face,” he said, “someone who isn’t concerned about their career but about their country.”
And while he never criticized Childers, Ross said a Democrat serving in a conservative district hasn’t worked out.
“No matter what he believes, he is pulled to the left by the Democratic party,” Ross said of the congressman. “People in the first district never know where he’ll stand. They want to have a conservative that they don’t have to worry about.”
Ross said his campaign centers around three core pillars – faith, family and freedom – all of which he claims have cracked under the current leadership. If elected, the father of three said he’ll work to restore those pillars.
To do so, Ross said, he’ll support the return of Christianity into public life, the prohibition of marriage to same-sex couples and the reduction of the federal government’s powers and taxes.
“We need a God-centered, limited constitutional government,” Ross said to enthusiastic shouts and applause. “I’m ready to answer the call for my country. I’m ready to fight.”