All four Mississippi US representatives face party primary challengers

Published 12:26 pm Thursday, March 3, 2022

This year, all of Mississippi’s U.S. House members are being challenged in party primaries, and Rep. Steven Palazzo has the largest number of opponents.

This midterm election will be the first held after new Congressional Districts were drawn by the Mississippi Legislature and signed by Governor Tate Reeves.

Six candidates are trying to unseat Palazzo in the Republican primary in south Mississippi’s 4th District. He won the seat in 2010. Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to qualify for Mississippi’s U.S. House races. The state does not have a Senate race this year.

District 1 Rep. Trent Kelly (R) is running for re-election to the House to represent Mississippi’s 1st District once again. His current term ends on Jan. 3, 2023.

Democratic and Republican primaries are June 7, with runoffs on June 28. The general election is Nov. 8. These are the candidates, according to the secretary of state’s office:

1st District — North Mississippi:

Democrats: Hunter Avery and Dianne Black.

Republicans: Trent Kelly (incumbent) and Mark D. Strauss.

2nd District — The Delta, most of Jackson, areas along the Mississippi River:

Democrats: Jerry Kerner and Bennie G. Thompson (incumbent).

Republicans: Michael Carson, Brian Flowers, Ronald Eller and Stanford Johnson.

3rd District — Central Mississippi:

Democrats: Rahim Talley and Shuwaski A. Young.

Republicans: Michael Cassidy, Michael Guest (incumbent) and Thomas Griffin.

4th District — South Mississippi:

Democrats: Johnny L. DuPree and David Sellers.

Republicans: Carl Boyanton, Raymond N. Brooks, Mike Ezell, Steven Palazzo (incumbent), Kidron Peterson, Clay Wagner and Brice Wiggins.

Libertarian: Alden Patrick Johnson.