SALTER

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he seemed to keep his po­lit­i­cal pow­der dry in terms of TV time and other mar­ket­ing, but that has seemed to change in re­cent days.

There are three women in the race and the most com­pet­i­tive by far is State Sen. Sally Doty of Brookhaven, an at­tor­ney with ties to Mis­sis­sippi Univer­sity for Women and Mis­sis­sippi Col­lege School of Law. Pol­ished, di­rect, and well-versed in the give and take of leg­isla­tive pol­i­tics, Doty ex­udes con­fi­dence. Ge­og­ra­phy may prove a chal­lenge in that she will need a dom­i­nant show­ing in the south­ern coun­ties in or­der to gen­er­ate enough votes to make the runoff.

Health­care con­sul­tant Mor­gan Dunn of Simp­son County is a po­lit­i­cal novice, but has sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. Her rhetoric dur­ing

the can­di­date fo­rum was par­tic­u­larly harsh on the topic of “Oba­macare” and other gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion that im­pacts health­care. She and her hus­band also own a restau­rant in Magee. She's a grad­u­ate of Ole Miss.

Round­ing out the GOP con­tenders is Kather­ine “Bitzi” Tate of Jack­son. She is an ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tant.

On the Demo­cratic pri­mary side, State Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Pre­ston, a re­tired fire­fighter and cur­rently a poul­try grower, will face U.S. Navy vet­eran Michael Ay­cox of New­ton, who has told the me­dia that he is the first openly gay can­di­date to seek of­fice in a Mis­sis­sippi con­gres­sional race.

Re­form Party can­di­date Matthew Hol­land is also seek­ing the Third Dis­trict seat.

Sid Salter is a syn­di­cated colum­nist. Con­tact him at sid­salter@sid­salter.com.

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