WEST POINT, Miss.--Attorney Angela Turner (D-West Point) is set to become the state's newest senator with a Wednesday swearing in. The West Point attorney won the Senate District 16 seat in a Jan. 15 special election following the Nov. 27 death of her father, Bennie Turner, who held the post for 20 years.
Turner has promised she will keep her father's vision in mind while she is in office.
"After having watched him over the years, I've practiced law with him, I believe that I'm a good candidate to fill the vacancy, to continue some of his philosophies," Turner told us when she decided to run.
"I'm hoping to finish some of the unfinished business that he was hoping to complete."
Her father was most well known for his advocacy for public education-a legacy Lairy said she will keep held up in front of her.
"I am the mother of three grade-school-age children and education is very important to me."
Bennie Turner helped draft the formula for the Miss. Adequate Education Program (MAEP) in 1997. Though the program has rarely been fully-funded, the formula is still in use.