Heated Debate on WTOK

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The House 83 seat in the Mississippi legislature provides representation for residents in Lauderdale and Clarke Counties.

This year three men are out to win that seat in Jackson. Incumbent Republican Greg Snowden, Democrat Gary Houston, and Independent Sam Thompson.

Sunday evening all three men were featured on WTOK's "On the Record" and traded some heated words.

Sam Thompson made it clear early on in the show that he believes Snowden has not been productive throughout his three terms in Jackson.

"I see where you've been serving on committees all along, and not a whole lot has really come out of that," Thompson told Snowden on the show.

"What are you speaking of?," asked Snowden.

"Chairing committees."

"Sam, I don't chair any committees. There is no Republican in the House that chairs a committee, the good news is that is going to change in January."

Another debate was sparked with the subject of the committee in Jackson that is analyzing the state's teacher retirement system.

"I understand when a committee is implemented it's to study how you can either make it better, or how you can cut something out of that particular area," said Democratic candidate Gary Houston.

Houston and Thompson continued to push the incumbent on the issues up to the end of the broadcast.

For more on the race, tune into Newscenter 11 at 10 Sunday night, or check out the story following the news on our webchannel.

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