By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Businessman Doug Wright formally announced his candidacy for the state’s District 6 Senate seat at a Thursday press conference held inside one of his many companies.
The 43-year-old Republican, who lives in Saltillo, said he’s proud of Northeast Mississippi’s robust business climate and wants to nurture and expand it as the area’s next senator.
“I appreciate the economic development opportunities, and I want to foster and build upon what’s already here,” Wright told about 45 people gathered at Community Eldercare Services in west Tupelo.
Wright also heads Community Living Centers, CLC of Bruce, LTC Pharmacy Solutions and Synchronous Medical Supply. In all, he employs about 1,200 Mississippians and has been in business nearly two decades.
“My entire life has been devoted to my career, my family and my church,” Wright said, explaining his first foray into politics. “I’m just now in a position with great companies and great leadership that I have the time to commit to it and to do a great job.”
Wright is the first to formally announce his candidacy for the seat vacated this month by Alan Nunnelee, who on Nov. 2 won the state’s 1st District congressional election.
The special election to fill his seat will be held Jan. 11. It will be nonpartisan, meaning candidates will not be identified by party on the ballot.
Wright said he’s not interested in becoming a career politician, preferring instead to serve temporarily and then return home.
If elected, the lifelong Lee County resident said he would focus on job creation and better education, including more vocational programs for older learners.
“It’s not just about the tax breaks,” he said.
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