Congressional candidate talks to voters in Meridian

Published: Jan. 18, 2018 at 4:38 PM CST
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The upcoming race to fill Rep. Gregg Harper's congressional seat is starting to thicken. One of the candidates vying for the position made a stop by the Queen City Thursday to talk about his future plans.

Michael Guest is making the rounds through Mississippi right now, meeting constituents and talking voter issues. Guest is the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties. He hopes to put his law experience to work in Congress, tackling big issues in the state like infrastructure and opioid abuse.

"What I want to see is that Mississippi has a voice in Congress," Guest says. "That Mississippi has someone that will fight for our interests. Someone, when they go to Washington, that will work with other republicans to see that Mississippi's interests are put first."

Two others have filed to run for the congressional seat: former Mississippi State University basketball star and Baptist Health System administrator Whit Hughes and Covington County businessman Perry Parker.

Rep. William Shirley of Quitman has also told Newscenter 11 he's interested in running. All candidates so far are running as Republicans.

Gregg Harper announced earlier this month he would not be seeking re-election. Candidates' filing deadline is March 1. Party primaries are June 5.