With a March 1 deadline to qualify to run, numerous candidates are challenging Mississippi’s four incumbent U.S. representatives in the 2022 midterm election.
But at this point only one race — Congressional District 4 in south Mississippi — appears competitive, with six Republicans, two Democrats, an independent and a Libertarian vying to replace incumbent Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Palazzo, first elected in 2010 in an upset over former longtime Rep. Gene Taylor, is seen by some as vulnerable due to an ongoing ethics investigation into his campaign spending. His challengers include a longtime state senator, a Coast sheriff a bank executive and a former longtime metropolitan mayor.
Incumbent Republican Reps. Michael Guest and Trent Kelly and Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, appear more secure, with lesser known, underfunded challengers.
Primaries for Mississippi’s 2022 midterms will be June 7, with any runoffs set for June 28. The general election will be Nov. 8.
Here are declared candidates for the seats:
Congressional District 1
Incumbent Trent Kelly, Republican
Hunter Avery, Democrat
James McCay, Independent
Congressional District 2
Incumbent Bennie Thompson, Democrat
Gerald Kerner, Democrat
Brian Flowers, Democrat
Jeffrey Keuneke, Republican
Congressional District 3
Incumbent Michael Guest, Republican
Rahim Talley, Democrat
Shuwaski Young, Democrat
Congressional District 4
Incumbent Steven Palazzo, Republican
Carl Boyanton, Republican
Raymond Brooks, Republican
Mike Ezell, Republican
Louis Hook, Republican
Clay Wagner, Republican
Brice Wiggings, Republican
Johnny DuPree, Democrat
David Sellers, Democrat
Alden Johnson, Libertarian
Graham Hudson, Independent
-- Article credit to Geoff Pender of Mississippi Today --