The Young Professionals of Meridian hosted statewide and local candidates are a "meet and greet" event Monday evening.
A dozen candidates running for statewide showed up to have a few minutes to make their cases to voters.
Incumbent Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, and his Democrat challenger, John Eaves, Jr., were among the candidates who spoke.
Also taking time to campaign here were, in order of appearance:
Al Hopkins - Republican Candidate for Attorney General
Delbert Hosemann - Republican Candidate for Secretary of State
Rob Smith - Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State
Stacey Pickering - Republican Candidate for State Auditor
Mike Sumrall - Democratic Candidate for State Auditor
Tate Reeves - Republican Candidate for State Treasurer
Gary Anderson - Democratic Candidate for Insurance Commissioner
Mike Chaney - Republican Candidate for Insurance Commissioner
Rickey Cole - Democratic Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner
Jamie Franks - Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
The YPM said this is a big deal for this community, Chairman Fredie Carmichael said he hopes this event will make east Mississippi a key player in the election.
"I think it's two-fold. Not only for the voter to come out and get to know the candidate and make an informed decision, but also for east Mississippi," Carmichael said. "I think it's important that these candidates know we demand their attention in east Mississippi, not only now, but also after they're in office."
Mississippi's statewide elections, which include local offices like county supervisor, tax collector, and sheriff, are Nov. 6.