Elections

Three state Senate candidates from Gulfport want you to go out and vote Tuesday

A Baptist youth pastor, a special events promoter and a real estate agent want to replace Sean Tindell in the state Senate.

Tindell was appointed to the Appeals Court by Gov. Phil Bryant in October and resigned from office a short time later. Ron Meyers, owner of Ron Meyers Productions, Dan Carr, the youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church, and Joel Carter, owner of J. Carter and Company Real Estate and Development, are running to be the next state senator in District 49, which snakes from west Biloxi, down the beach in Gulfport, up into Orange Grove and on into Harrison County. All three are from Gulfport.

There are no party labels in Tuesday’s special election. A runoff, which would be held between the top two candidates if no one gets more that 50 percent of the vote, would be Jan. 9.

All three have said turnout will be crucial and they all worry that it will be low, given the election comes in the middle of the holiday season.

“I heard that it might rain and it’s six days before Christmas, too,” said Meyers. “So it could be a low turnout. But I hope people go vote.”

Meyers has been playing up his successful business promoting and producing fairs, festivals concerts and Christmas City USA, a gift show in Biloxi. He calls himself “the positive choice.” He also talks about his service in the Air Force.

“You can hire one of the candidates running for the state Senate seat in District 49 to consult, to advise, to strategize and motivate your employees,” he said on video via Facebook. “I am that person.”

Carr on social media has been talking about his conservative credentials: support for gun rights, religious freedom and low taxes.

“We need a strong conservative voice in Jackson,” he says in one of his Facebook videos.

All the candidates are taking full advantage of the social media platform, posting videos and other messages.

“I want to make sure our children have the proper education that they need,” Carr says in one of the short videos explaining why he’s running. “Balancing the budget and lowering taxes are key for economic growth and jobs in Mississippi,” he says in another.

The candidates even go live as they are out knocking on doors and putting up signs in good weather and bad.

Carter says he’s a fiscal conservative who wants to create jobs and support public schools.

“Education is going to be a big topic in this session and it’s very important our public schools remain strong,” he said one what was a very chilly Facebook live post. “It is cold but these votes are important.”

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton

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