GOP's Parker leaves utility race after residency challenge

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 2:15 PM CDT
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A candidate is leaving a Mississippi Public Service Commission race after the state Republican Party decided he does not meet a five-year residency requirement.

Perry Parker said Tuesday that he will not challenge the ruling on his residency, although he disagrees with it.

Parker was one of three Republicans who signed up for the southern district seat on the commission, which regulates utilities.

Remaining on the Aug. 6 Republican primary ballot are Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell and Diamondhead businessman Kevin Schulz. Maxwell challenged Parker's residency, citing records showing Parker voted elsewhere and hadn't claimed a homestead exemption for the entire time on property in Mississippi.

Parker said he was registered to vote in Connecticut and California, but has long owned property in Covington County and has always considered it home.