A Local Group Wants Marcy Out of Race

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

There's controversy in the House District 82 race. A group of citizens, spearheaded by an NAACP leader, is calling for the disqualification of the only Republican in that race.

In front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse, the Rev. Milton Johnson and supporters boldly called for Republican House District 82 candidate Bill Marcy to drop out of the race.

"We want him to drop out of this race because it will affect his integrity. And we're looking for someone with integrity and that won't be used as a puppet or even bought out," said Johnson, president of the Meridian/Lauderdale County chapter of the NAACP.

Johnson said Saturday he represents some citizens of Meridian. Johnson said Marcy isn't qualified because there are some discrepancies with his residency. Marcy says this is ludicrous and he is upset. He says this is a last ditch effort to smear his campaign.

"I'm a qualified elector and all those issues have been raised before our election commissioners and they voted in favor that I was a qualified candidate. And I have the letter right here certifying that less than a week ago," Marcy said.

Marcy says he's letting the sweat roll right off his back and he, along with some supporters and family, were out canvassing Saturday near 24th Avenue and Poplar Springs Drive.

Johnson said, according to Section 41 of the Constitution of the state of Mississippi, a House of Representatives member must be a resident of this state for 4 years and live within the district the candidate is seeking for two years immediately preceding the election.

Johnson claims in 2007, Marcy lived in a house on Poplar Springs Drive that is in District 83 and Marcy voted in that district. Marcy says it was simply an error.

"I made an apology to the election commission, but it's still a fact that I lived in District 82 for more than enough time," Marcy said.

The letter also states that Marcy changed his declaration of residency in August to 17th Avenue. Marcy says he's lived at that house on 17th Avenue for more than 2 and half years and has been a Mississippi resident for over 7 years. He says he owns several properties under the MT Group, LLC.

"I just think they're afraid that my candidacy might be gaining momentum," Marcy said.

Johnson says if Marcy doesn't pull out, he plans to file a challenge with the
circuit court. Marcy says he's pressing on toward the finish line of the House District 82 race.


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  • by Nick Location: MS on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Why doesn't the NAACP change its name to the NAALP? Nation Association for the Advancement of Liberal People. This issue is not about the advancement of coloured people. This is about the advancement of what Mr. Johnson is for. He has taken his name and his standing and smeared a deserving candidate for this honour. Mr. Johnson, don't sit behind the NAACP veil and say you stand for peoples of all colours. We both know that is false and simply stand for the betterment of your views. Be proud a person of colour is going to win this race in the very near future. The NAACP should be shamed to have their name used in this, and should be above anything of this matter.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    I feel the same way I really couldn't care who actually win the campaign just as long as John Harris doesn't win then I would be content
  • by Voter #1 Location: Dist. 82 on Jun 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    May the best man win!! My choice is Wilbert Jones. I will be okay if Marcy, R.Jones or Barfield wins. But if John Harris wins, I am going to be mad as Heck!
  • by leigh ann key Location: meridian on Jun 9, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    I haven't been on this site before but I will be on it now... so obviously DOG that was not me, but DOG did John Harris get contributions or did he not. A man just called WMOX and said John didn't get any contributions and that is why he didn't file a report... but you still have to file even if its ZEROS all the way down, and he told Judge last week the only money he had was from all his campaign contributions from the people who gave to his campaign...so he either lied about what he told the guy on WMOX that he didn't file because he didn't have any contributions and didn't want to be "beholden" to anybody or he lied to the Judge.... DOG....
  • by RALPH Location: RED LINE on Jun 8, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    NORTH MERIDIAN DOG YOU ARE TILTED TO FAR TO RIGHT IT APPEARS. YOU SO SMART I GUESS YOU FORGOT THAT CANDIDATES HAVE A 10 DAY GRACE PERIOD TO FILE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION. RED LINE RALPH EVEN KNOWS THAT! N.M. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW J HARRIS SO DOG WHAT MAKES YOU A PROCECUTOR UNLESS YOU ARE HIS ESTANGED WIFE'S LAWYER LOSER LEIGH ANN KEY.ITS SOUNDS JUST LIKE HER DOG TO COVER UP AND SLANDER SOMEONE DOG. IF THAT'S YOU, SIGN ON LOSER LEIGH ANN DOG!
  • by Antoinette Location: GA on Jun 8, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    The NAACP is such an embarrassment to me, a black female, these days. We as a race have "bigger fish to fry" in our communities and churches. The NAACP has long lost creditability due to stuff like this!
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    It's weird because there were some discrepancies in Percy Bland's residency and the NAACP didn't ask him to drop out. Hmm, I wonder why?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    I love to go on the differnt stories and read the comments because you learn so much from it.Like I didn't no Charlotte Scott I had an idea of who she might be but from reading the comments and looking at the video it confirmed it. But what I wanted to say was all the NAACP did was helped Mr. Marcy campaign out. Aparantly they are afraid the other candidates are in for a run. And one more thing Mr. Harris WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW THAT YOU ARE WITHOUT A JOB START ANOTHER CHURCH!
  • by Shirley Location: District 82 on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Brooks, Bill is a liar he has not lived in 82 for 2years. He will not get away with this one Judge Veldore Young is well respected in Meridain, if he wins he will be disqualified and the taxpayers will pay for another Special Election! How dare you shown such disrespect to the young family. How would you feel if you were this family?
  • by pastor Location: meridian on Jun 8, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    anonymous i could not have said it better, the same people who post these slanderous comments were sitting in church on yesterday pretending to be holy and loving God. God is love, not hate! Why can't we love one another? Love hides a multitude of faults!
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