Mayor of Tupelo qualifies for U.S. Senate
Candidates are getting lined up for the Mississippi U.S. Senate race.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has just qualified for the November 6th special election race. Cindy Hyde-Smith was recently sworn in to serve the remainder of Thad Cochran’s term, but several challengers are in the running to take over that seat though January 2021.
Among them is Republican Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party conservative state senator who almost toppled Cochran in a primary four years ago and Democrat Mike Espy, who in 1996 became the first African-American since Reconstruction to win a Congressional seat in Mississippi and in 1993 became President Bill Clinton’s first agriculture secretary.
The deadline for candidates to file for the race is later this month.