Dems, GOP Mulling Congressional Bids in #MS01

Political observers have turned their attention to Mississippi’s First Congressional District now that a special election is eminent following the death of Rep. Nunnelee. All of the attention has been focused on Republican potential’s. CQ Roll Call and our friends over at Yall’ Politics floated the following names:

Potential Republican candidates include:

Commissioner Mike Tagert- Currently serving as Northern District Transportation Commissioner

Glenn McCullough- Former Mayor of Tupelo

State Sen. Gray Tollison from Oxford.

Amanda Tollison, an attorney who served as chief counsel to former Gov. Haley Barbour.

James Maxwell, a judge from Oxford, who serves on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Quentin Whitwell, a former Jackson City councilmember who moved back to Oxford in the past year.

State Rep. Brad Mayo from Oxford.

Trent Kelly- Alcorn County District Attorney Trent Kelly.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch

Boyce Adams, who lost a bid for the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2011 to Democrat Brandon Presley, a relative of singer Elvis Presley.

Merle Flowers, a former state senator who retired in 2012.

On the Democratic side, a few names have surfaced but no one has made their intentions clear publicly. Commissioner Brandon Presley ruled out running last week. A few names have been floated around however:

Potential Democratic candidates include:

Attorney General Jim Hood

Eric Powell- former state senator from Corinth in Alcorn County

Mayor Jason Shelton- Mayor of Tupelo

Scott Ross- Former mayor of West Point

Sen. Hob Bryan- State senator from Amory

We’ll continue to follow this!

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