Photo: Dianne Dodson Black, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, and Andre DeBerry, former Holly Springs Mayor and the First Congressional District Chair of the Democratic Party of Mississippi (Courtesy photo)
Supporters of Democratic Congressional candidate Dianne Dodson Black’s campaign held a DeSoto County fundraiser hosted by Rep. Hester Jackson-McCray (D-Horn Lake) Saturday evening in Southaven. More than 50 people appeared to show their support for Black’s campaign.
Black shared her platform and her plan to win the seat, now held by incumbent Congressman Trent Kelly (R-MS). Black said she is fully invested in supporting “legislation that puts people first, in Mississippi and across the nation,” she said.
“I want a seat at the table to help make decisions that will impact our community, our state and our country,” Black said. “When I won my primary election on June 7, I became the first African-American woman to win the Democratic Party nomination for Mississippi’s First District.”
Black said she now intends to make history again as the first African-American woman to be a U.S. representative for Mississippi, something that Andre DeBerry, former Mayor of Holly Springs, Miss., and the First Congressional District Chair of the Democratic Party of Mississippi, says she has a chance of succeeding.
”It’s a difficult thing to do what Dianne is doing, putting herself out there to run for office. It takes strength and courage,” DeBerry said. “We have hope and we have an opportunity to make a change, by electing Dianne Dodson Black to Congress in November.”
Supporters on hand Saturday included Theresa Isom, President of DeSoto Marshall County Federation of Democratic Women, William Egner, Horn Lake Planning Commissioner, and James Woodard, former Supervisor Webster County and former City Councilman, Eudora. Also joining Black were Democratic candidates running for office in DeSoto County, including Eric Wright for School Board District 1 and April Wright for School Board District 2 (no relation).