Eight of the 13 candidates running for U. S. Congress in Mississippi’s First Congressional district will debate in New Albany, Tuesday, May 5th, at 6 p.m. The Congressional Town Hall event will be held in the court room on the second floor of the Union County Courthouse.
The Union County Republican Committee is sponsoring the event. County Republican Chairman Clay Hardy said Sunday that those committed to participate in the debate include:
- Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert
- Tupelo lawyer Greg Pirkle
- Oxford lawyer Quentin Whitwell
- Tupelo State Senator Nancy Collins
- Itawamba County Prosecuting Attorney Chip Mills
- Tupelo dentist Ed Holliday
- Former Eupora mayor Henry Ross
Hardy said Columbus businessman Sam Adcock has another Tuesday commitment, but has said he intends to be here for the debate.
The First District Congressional seat was vacated when Congressman Alan Nunnelee died February 6. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called a special, non-partisan election, to be held May 12th, to fill Nunnelee’s seat. Although candidates will not be listed on the ballot as Republicans or Democrats, all but one of the 13 qualified to run are Republicans, and Pontotoc Democrat candidate Walter Zinn has not indicated he will be present for the Tuesday evening event.
If no candidate carries a majority of the votes cast May 12th, a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the most votes May 12th will be held Tuesday, June 2nd.
This will mark the second time during this election cycle that most of the candidates have attended a meeting in New Albany. Most were here for a March 23rd event sponsored by the Union County Republican Women.
The May 5th event, which comes exactly one week before the election, is to be televised by New Albany based TV99 cable station, carried on MaxxSouth Broadband Network. The public is invited.