Another name has entered the conversation for Gregg Harper’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in Mississippi’s third Congressional district.
State Representative Michael Evans (D) made his candidacy official earlier today and announced his campaign on his Facebook page. Evans is not a career politician, but instead is a retired firefighter and currently operates a poultry farm in Kemper County. It’s his background in these areas along with his time in the state House of Representatives that he believes has prepared him to be a voice for Mississippians.
“Mississippians deserve a real voice in Congress,” Evans said. “It is time for serious leadership and representation in Washington, D.C. I believe my background as a firefighter, a farmer and a state legislator has prepared me to represent citizens of the Third Congressional District.”
When it comes to the issues, Evans discussed how fixing Mississippi’s infrastructure would be on the top of his to-do list if he heads to Washington.
“Our roads and bridges across this state are in terrible disrepair. If elected, I will make sure Congress puts the safety of all Mississippians on our highways at the top of its priority list.”
With gun control and gun regulations in the forefront of conversation, Evans also stated that he is a “proud supporter” of second amendment rights and says that he will be voice for law enforcement and military members.
“[Evans] will stand with those who value 2nd Amendment rights, the sanctity of human life and will support law enforcement, emergency responders and our men and women in uniform.” – The post reads
Congressman Harper announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018 as he wishes to spend more time with his family. Evans becomes the fifth candidate in the race along with Madison & Rankin County DA Michael Guest, State Rep. Sally Doty, and businessmen Perry Parker and Whit Hughes.
Mississippi’s Third Congressional District covers portions of Oktibbeha, Winston, Noxubee, Kemper, Neshoba, Leake, Scott, Lauderdale, Newton, Smith, Rankin, Madison, Simpson, Jasper, Covington, Jefferson Davis, Marion, Lawrence, Walthall, Lincoln, Pike, Franklin, Amite, Adams and Wilkinson counties.