Ross Tours Meridian Military Bases

The only contested race on the Republican ballot in Mississippi Tuesday is in the third congressional district. Incumbent Cong. Chip Pickering is not running again.

One of the candidates, Charlie Ross, spent Monday in Meridian. He toured both NAS Meridian and the National Guard base.

Ross said the military will be high on his agenda if elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I wanted to let people know that it is important to me," said Ross. "And if I'm so fortunate to be elected, it will be a major priority keeping the bases here in Meridian. They are economic engines here in the community and they're good for the country."

If elected, Ross said he would keep a permanent district office here.

James Broadwater, Gregg Harper, Gregory Hatcher, David Landrum, Bill Marcy, and John Rounsaville complete the Republican field.

Two Democrats are vying for the Democratic nomination, Randy Eads and Joel Gill.

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