Support shown as transportation runoff nears

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

It’s the Bulldogs versus the Tea Partiers in endorsements for Tuesday’s special election for Northern District transportation commissioner.
Earlier this week, Mississippi State University alumni political action group Bully Bloc e-mailed friends to urge their financial help and votes for runoff candidate Mike Tagert.
Last weekend, Oxford’s Tea Party group interviewed Tagert and opponent John Caldwell, then announced its endorsement for Caldwell.
Bully Bloc termed Tagert “an accomplished MSU alumnus” with “real leadership” in the transportation industry.
Tagert of Starkville is chairman of the Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Council based in Columbus.
Caldwell of Nesbit, an Arkansas State University alumnus, is transportation director for the DeSoto County School District.
Kay Cobb, Tea Party Oxford’s chairwoman, termed both men “well-educated” with fine presentations to the organization’s candidate forum.
“However, John Caldwell brings to the table a broader background and more experience outside the public sector,” she said in a news release. “Although the candidates were in agreement on several issues, there are distinct differences between them, and the Forum made it possible to explore these differences.amp”
Bully Bloc reminded its members that the runoff turnout is likely to be low, which means each vote “critical.”
The winner in the non-party election will serve out the term of Bill Minor of Holly Springs, who died last fall.
Each has said he will run for a full four-year term, if he wins next week.
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