Marcy Seeks District 2 Congressional Seat

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Republican Bill Marcy of Meridian is no stranger to elections. He entered the last mayor's race before withdrawing, and has sought the District 3 congressional seat and District 82 of the state House of Representatives.

Now, Marcy is in the race to represent Mississippi's District 2 in Congress.

"I did recently qualify for the candidacy in the Republican Party in the 2nd Congressional District, and I live in the city of Meridian, which is the 3rd Congressional District and a lot of people are confused," Marcy said.

Indeed, many voters have never heard of such a thing, even those that are experts in Mississippi politics.

"I can't remember a candidate who ran in a district in which he did not live, mainly because you don't know the voters and they don't know the candidate," said Dr. Kathy Baxter of Meridian Community College's governmental affairs.

However, as Marcy points out, Democrat Joel Gill of Pickens, in District 2's Holmes County, ran in District 3 in 2008, and is a candidate again in 2010.

Marcy said he believes he can better the economy of the third poorest district in America.

"What I want to do is go over there and try to bring the two groups together," said Marcy. "The agricultural and cities together, so that instead of the Delta being the poorest part of our state, it can be the premier part of our state."

Dr. Baxter said she believes Marcy has his work cut out for him.

"It would be very hard, regardless of race, for a Republican to come in and win that seat," Baxter said. "It is, on the other hand, a very good way to establish oneself as a statewide candidate and get Republican voters to know Marcy."

During the race for office, Marcy said he will have a temporary residence in the 2nd District. If elected, he plans on moving there permanently.

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