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Presley, candidates stump for votes in Walls

Photo: Democratic candidate for Governor Brandon Presley speaks with a voter ahead of Saturday’s political rally in Walls. (Bob Bakken/

A number of candidates took the opportunity to state their case for votes Saturday afternoon at the Walls Volunteer Fire Department.

Democratic candidate for Governor Brandon Presley was among those who took advantage of the 10 minutes allotted each candidate who appeared to speak at the afternoon-long event. The Fire Department holds the rally along with a fish fry lunch served as a fundraiser for the department.

Presley continued to press his issues about healthcare in Mississippi, attacking Gov. Tate Reeves for not expanding Medicaid, resulting in hospital closures and layoffs. Presley said Reeves hasn’t addressed the crisis.

“You can’t fix a problem unless you acknowledge you got one and the guy leading this state doesn’t even understand,” Presley said. “Tate Reeves doesn’t understand and he doesn’t care. We can’t sit back and literally bury the healthcare system in Mississippi.”

The outgoing Northern District Public Service Commissioner, who does not have a primary opponent, said Mississippi needs to elect him to root out corruption in state government. He also touched on elimination of the grocery tax and the initiative process.

Saturday’s event featured candidates at several levels. They included the candidates for county sheriff Michael Lee and Thomas Tuggle, District 3 Supervisor candidates Ray Denison and William Egner, and District Attorney hopefuls Bob Morris and Matthew Barton.

Others who appeared were State Senate candidate Walter Hopper, Lt. Governor candidate Chris McDaniel, Public Service Commissioner candidate Chris Brown, State Sen. Michael McLendon, candidate for State Representative Randy Denton, State Rep. Dan Eubanks, and candidate for Governor David Hardigree. Representatives for Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Attorney General candidate Greta Kemp Martin also spoke.

Town of Walls Mayor Keidron Henderson provided the welcome.

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