Teacher joins race for state Senate seat as independent

SHERMAN – Schoolteacher Stacy Scott became the third candidate to join the race for the state’s District 6 Senate seat when he launched his campaign Tuesday at Sherman Town Hall.
“Party politics is getting in the way of progress,” said Scott, who is running as an independent in the nonpartisan race. “With people facing the tough times we’re facing right now, we need to do the best with what we have. I don’t think we’re doing that.”
Scott, 44, has been a professional educator for 16 years. He teaches Mississippi studies at South Pontotoc High School, where he has worked for the last 10 years. He also taught at Tupelo Middle and East Union High and ran the park program in Sherman.
A native of Lee County who now lives in Sherman, Scott graduated from Shannon High, served in the National Guard and earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. He is married to the former Leslie Holloway and has three sons, three stepdaughters and one stepson.
“We’ve got to get our priorities straight,” Scott said. “We need to take care of the small-business owner, the elderly, those with legitimate disabilities and our children.”
Scott is the third person to officially join the campaign to fill the seat vacated this month after Alan Nunnelee was elected to to the U.S. Congress. He joins registered nurse and community activist Nancy Adams Collins and businessman Doug Wright.
The candidates will face off in a Jan. 11 special election.
Scott served as an alderman in Sherman from 2005 to 2009 but did not seek re-election. As an alderman, he said, he voted for “necessary public projects and for programs benefiting children, including library and local recreation programs.”
“I voted against buying anything on credit because I don’t believe it is in the best interest of the public to give their money away as interest.”
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