UPDATE: Nunnelee files for congressional race

By NEMS Daily Journal

State Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo has filed his qualifying paperwork with the Mississippi Republican Party for the 1st District congressional seat.

Nunnelee, a Republican, announced today that he had submitted the necessary paperwork. He had said last year that he would vie for the seat now held by Democrat Travis Childers of Booneville.

Nunnelee will compete first in the GOP primary on June 1. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

In a statement issued today, Nunnelee said, “We need someone in Washington to hold Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi accountable.”

Decrying the federal spending, he said, “I believe that businesses create jobs, not government. I’m running for Congress because we need a congressman who will stand up for Mississippi values in Washington.”