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Republican Candidates Debate for 3rd Congressional District

Republican Candidates Debate for 3rd Congressional District Seat
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Mark Rigsby - MPB News

Republican candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District seat this fall are on the stump this week.
MPB's Mark Rigsby was at a debate last night sponsored by Americans for Prosperity-Mississippi.

All six Republican candidates who hope to replace retiring congressman Gregg Harper agree on a few things. They favor repealing Obamacare, controlling federal spending, and removing government from people's everyday lives. But they don't agree on who should represent Mississippi in Congress. Madison/Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest says he has the experience to do the job.

"What I tried to tell people tonight is that I have a proven record for fighting for the people of our district. And that I want to take my experience as a prosecutor and go to Washington D.C. and fight for the people of the 3rd Congressional District, and fight for our principles and our value."

The candidates made their best pitches to voters during the debate, held at the Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museums in Jackson. State Senator Sally Doty, of Brookhaven, is one of three women in the race.

"I have a track record of passing good, conservative legislation. That is why I want to make this step. And I have the skill to go and be effective for our district on day one."

Whitt Hughes is a former deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

"I want to go up there and make a difference on issues like jobs. Let's have a stronger economy, lower taxes, fewer regulations. Let's have immigration reform, and secure the boarder. We've got to get control of our debt and our spending."

Covington County businessman Perry Parker, businesswoman Morgan Dunn, and educator Katherine Tate also participated in the debate.