Mississippi's November ballot will include independent and third-party candidates, as well as Democrats and Republicans seeking office.
Independent Sam Thompson is running in the District 83 House race.
He says he believes he has been a representative of the people already through his church work and community service.
Thompson says two of his top priorities, good education and job growth, work hand-in-hand.
"One of the things that we have to remember is that the government cannot create jobs and will not create jobs, but all it can do is foster an environment to help those individuals who are bringing jobs into existence," said Thompson.
As an independent who first goes before voters in the general election, Thompson is urging those who are not registered now to do so in time to participate.
Thompson will be on the ballot Nov. 8 with incumbent Republican Greg Snowden and Democrat Gary Houston.
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