Blackmon: "Redirect Priorities"

The 74th Annual East Mississippi Baptist Congress wrapped up its meetings Friday in Meridian. One of the highlights was the recognition of graduates from the Congress' Christian Education Program.

Also in attendance at the Congress was State Senator, Barbara Blackmon, who is running for Lieutenant Governor.

At age 47, Sen. Barbara Blackmon, who has served 12 years in the office, said she's the best candidate for the job. The Canton resident graduated from high school at age 16, and by age 26 among other degrees, had received a master's and law degree and taught two years on the college level.

If elected, Blackmon said she wants to spearhead some major changes.

"We need to redirect our priorities in this state. In 72 of the 82 counties in the state, we have built new prisons, whereas we haven't built new education facilities, new high schools and new middle schools," said Blackmon.

Another issue she's promising to address is providing healthcare for the uninsured. Blackmon said strengthening the state's education system is the key.

"Because we know that if we provide the resources for education and the program, our citizens will make healthy life choices," Blackmon said. "So, the foundation for health choices, as well as economic opportunities falls in education."

Blackmon has competition in the Democratic primary. Troy Brown, Sr., who sought a Congressional seat in the last election, and Jim L. Roberts Jr., a former supreme court justice, are also running.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck is seeking a second term. She won as a Democrat in 1999. She has since switched to the Republican Party. Reform Party candidate Anna J. Reives is also in the race.

Primary elections will be held Aug. 5, followed by general elections on Nov 4.

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