SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A battle to shape the Republican membership of Mississippi’s House of Representatives is playing out door to door in DeSoto County.
The Memphis suburb will have seven House seats partially or entirely within its bounds after the next election, including two new seats added in redistricting. All the seats are likely to send Republicans to Jackson, and six feature contested GOP primaries on Aug. 4. Four incumbents are being challenged by candidates who say they’re more conservative.
A conservative group called Empower Mississippi is pumping money into all six races, motivated by what it sees as failures by incumbents to sufficiently support charter schools and educational vouchers. Challengers say the incumbents have been too cozy with retiring school Superintendent Milton Kuykendall. Incumbents say their constituents oppose charter schools and they were only supporting a school system they view as DeSoto County’s most important asset.
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Article by Jeff Amy