Senate candidate Mike Espy: ‘new era for Mississippi’

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Mike Espy, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, released a statement Saturday after the state legislature voted to move forward to change the state flag.

“Growing up in Mississippi during a time of segregation and school integration, I faced some of the worst of what our state flag represented. But Mississippi’s story is one of progress, one of change — and that’s why I’ve never given up on being a part of the progress. With this historic change, we are ushering in a new era for Mississippi — one that is more inclusive, equitable and prosperous. Mississippians — Black, Brown, white, young and old — are energized, ready for change, and ready to move our state forward.”

Espy faces incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in November’s general election.