Millennial Democrat enters 4th Congressional District race

Jeramey Anderson
Jeramey Anderson Anderson campaign

A Democrat has entered the race for the 4th District Congressional seat held by Steven Palazzo.

State Rep. Jeramey Anderson of Moss Point filed his statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission in August but didn’t announce his candidacy until Friday.

“In today’s society bipartisanship isn’t an option anymore — it is a requirement if we are to effectively confront the real crises facing not only our state but the nation as well,” he said in his emailed announcement. “We’re leading the effort in our state to break through partisan gridlock to re-establish political cooperation and I would like to take that to Washington.”

If he wins the June 5 primary, he would face the winner of the GOP primary between Palazzo and E. Brian Rose of Ocean Springs. Rose has been running since last November.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes also has been considering getting in the Republican race. William Harrison Turner of Moselle also has filed a statement of candidacy as an independent.

Anderson has been raising money since at least October, when he was the guest of honor at a Colorado fundraiser. He set up his campaign Facebook page shortly before that.

He hasn’t filed a financial report with the FEC but he’ll be starting far behind Palazzo in fundraising.

According to the FEC, Palazzo has $293,685. Rose has $3,382.

Rose, an Air Force veteran and founder of and co-owner at JVZoo, an internet marketing site, has been hammering Palazzo over his record with the Mississippi Army National Guard and his votes in Congress.

Anderson seemed to signal he’d run a positive campaign.

“I intend for my campaign to be as much a celebration of our accomplishments as it is a serious and informed dialogue about the challenge of hardworking Mississippians,” he said. “I’m committed to working together to ensure that all of our residents and communities share in the prosperity of our great nation and the great state of Mississippi.”

In the Legislature, earlier this year Anderson helped form the Future Caucus, a group of millennials committed to working across party lines. He is the secretary/treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus and serves on Judiciary B, Judiciary En Banc, Marine Resources, Investigation of State Offices, and Universities & Colleges committees.

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton