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Dodson Black gets Democratic women endorsement

Democratic women in Mississippi have voiced their support of their party’s primary winners vying for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women (MFDW) Wednesday endorsed the four Mississippi Democrats running for the US House of Representatives, including Dianne Dodson Black of Olive Branch in the First District. Dodson Black is running against incumbent Congressman Trent Kelly in the November general election. 

The MFDW has also endorsed Congressman Bennie Thompson, MS-02; Mr. Shuwaski Young, MS-03; and Dr. Johnny L. DuPree, MS-04.

“We are proud to support these candidates to represent all the people of Mississippi,” said MFDW president Lovie West. “They each share the commitment to the ideals that bring our Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women together: equality, justice, and compassion. They each have years of service to their communities, their state, and their nation. Their platforms resonate with us and fit with the values that matter to us.”

Dodson Black, a businesswoman and licensed cosmetologist from Olive Branch, is the first African American woman to run for Congress from the First District. 

“We are impressed with Mrs. Dodson Black’s commitment to improving the health and quality of life of all Mississippians,” West said. “We commend her focus on investment in infrastructure, Medicaid expansion, student loan forgiveness, voting rights, reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, raising the minimum wage, and sustainable energy.” 

West said MFDW is looking forward to supporting the Democratic candidates in the election campaign.  

“Residents of Mississippi need compassionate voices and people-first representation,” West said. “We are confident that Mrs. Dodson Black, Congressman Thompson, Dr. DuPree, and Mr. Young will be strong advocates for the needs of the majority of Mississippians.”

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