Democrat Mike Espy officially filed for another run for the U.S. Senate against Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican, on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Espy ran against Smith in a 2018 special election after long-time Senator Thad Cochran retired.
Espy was a U.S. Congressman representing Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District from 1987-1993, the first African American from the state in the U.S. House since Reconstruction. In 1993, he became President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Agriculture, a post he held for two years.
The Madison County Board of Supervisors recently appointed Espy as their attorney.
“Today, surrounded by my loving and supportive family, I filed to run for U.S. Senate in the great state of Mississippi,” Espy wrote on his Facebook page.
“Mississippi is entering a new decade and I want it to be a decade of promise – with people having access to affordable healthcare, where public education is of the highest quality, where teachers can afford to teach, and where college graduates can remain here to pursue their dreams.
“I want to be a partner in building the ‘New Mississippi’ devoid of all the old symbols that have divided us for so long and have often driven people to look away from Mississippi.
“Mississippi needs a senator with experience working across the aisle to the benefit of ALL Mississippians. Sadly, in her brief term in office, Senator Hyde-Smith has shown that she is only interested in being a follower, not a leader.
Mississippi deserves better than that.”
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