While the city of Oxford is all under one district for the Mississippi House of Representatives, Lafayette County is split up between five districts – 5, 8, 10, 13, and 23.
On Tuesday, Lafayette County voters will be voting for who they want to represent them in Jackson in Districts 10, 12 (Oxford) and 13. The other districts were decided in the primary election or the candidate had no opposition.
Depending on where you live, voters will only see their district on the ballot.
In District 10, Democrat Bobby Dailey will face Republican Brady Williamson and Independent Josh Hawkins.
Dailey was declared the winner of the primary after Amanda Campbell and Nolan Webb withdrew from the race. He’s a Mississippi native.
According to a Candidate Survey on Ballotpedia, Dailey “wants to see Mississippi move forward in education, employment, housing, healthcare, and opportunities for better wages.”
His main three key messages of his campaign are living wages, improving healthcare and improving veterans’ benefits.
He is passionate about economics and justice. He says his passion, concern for others and being a good listener would make him a successful officeholder.
Josh Hawkins is a life-long resident of District 10. He graduated from South Panola High School and the University of Mississippi. He has 20 years of banking and insurance experience.
According to the Candidate Survey on Ballotpedia, the three key messages of his campaign are “conservative, pro-business and Christian.”
He said he wants to help create a business environment “that will allow our current business and industry to thrive, as well as create new jobs and opportunities.
He also aims to help make sure teachers and schools have the resources they need to be successful.
Brady Williamson is a conservative Republican who owns a small business in Oxford and manages properties in Panola County.
He has more than 12 years of military service and has committed service to the state of Mississippi in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi.
Williamson said he believes the fundamentals Mississippians have agreed for generations that government should be involved in are: common infrastructure, clear and necessary law, law enforcement, military, first responders, protection of the Constitution and citizen rights and education.
He views every family as a small business and recognizes Panola and Lafayette counties need more families and businesses with protected and safe environments that promote growth.
“I want us to achieve the growth needed while keeping the homes, neighborhoods, and rural communities the same beautiful places that attracted us here in the first place,” he said.
Incumbent Steve Massengill, Republican, will face Democratic candidate Pamela Denham.
Denham lives in Myrtle and is an administrator at Magnolia Place Limited Liability. In 2003, she ran for District 14 (before redistricting). She holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College.
She is a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and is married to Gus and they have two children, April and Autumn.
Massengill was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 and has served since 2012 as the District 13 representative.
He is a graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center and also attended Northeast Mississippi Community College.
He works for Big M Transportation and is a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where he serves as president of the Men’s Club. He is a Little League baseball coach and a member of the Potts Camp High School Buster Club and Parent Teacher Organization.
He is married to Dina and they have two children, Quinn and Collin.
Hottytoddy.com staff report