Meridian Star

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June 3, 2010

Gill moves on to general election

MERIDIAN —     This year's general election ballot for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District will be the same as it was two years ago, with Democrat Joel Gill running against Republican Gregg Harper.

    But this time, there will be one important difference — Harper is now the incumbent. Though incumbents are often thought to have the advantage in a political race, Gill says that's not necessarily true in this case.

    "Last time, it basically came down to Republican versus Democrat," said Gill. "Now, he actually has a voting record."

    Gill believes Harper's voting record shows that he doesn't always have the district's best interests in mind because, he said, Harper has voted against federal spending in the district.

    "If government spending is going to occur," said Gill, "I want to make sure the people from the 3rd District get their fair share."

    Gill, who currently serves as mayor of Pickens, is moving on to the general election after winning Tuesday's Democratic primary, and said he plans to step up his campaign.

    "The next steps are actually to get out there and begin the race with some serious funds to actually challenge Mr. Harper," he said, adding, "Every opportunity I'm given to avail myself to speak to the public, I certainly will."

    Harper was not challenged in Tuesday's primary and so did not appear on the ballot. In Lauderdale County, Gill received 184, or about 53 percent, of the 350 votes cast.

    The general election will take place in November.

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