Six Republican candidates competing for the 3rd District Mississippi Congressional sear have advocated slashing of federal spends. Federal regulations have also come under attack. They expressed this viewpoint at a forum organized by Americans For Prosperity. The latter promotes limited government and free markets.
Candidates and voting area
The GOP has two professionals from the healthcare field among the total of six candidates. The candidates are Madison's Whit Hughes, Magee's Morgan Dunn, a state senator, Brookhaven's Sally Doty, Seminary's Perry Parker, Brandon's Michael Guest, and Jackson's Katherine Tate. Doty is a businessperson and Parker is an attorney. Brandon is an artist. Tate is an educational consultant.
Gregg Harper, the present GOP incumbent, does not seek re-election post 10 years in public office. Those years were spent in 3rd District. The latter includes all 20 counties and parts of four other counties. This district takes a diagonal shape from the southwestern part of Mississippi and runs north towards Starkville via Metro Jackson area. All six candidates had strong words for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought into effect during the President Barack Obama administration in 2010. All said the government must not play a pivotal role when it comes to health-related decisions and health coverage.
Hughes, who once held the post of deputy director, Mississippi Development Authority, said that he is for an increased number of jobs and a more robust economy. He is also for fewer regulations and lower taxes. The Mississippi Development Authority is responsible for the promotion of job creation. Doty asserted that her legislative experience sets her aside from other candidates. According to her, Medicaid, the health insurance program instituted by the government, has strained the state and federal budgets. She holds the opinion that Medicaid has spiraled out of control and people must do something so that they do not get dependent on federal government.
Mississippi falls into the lower economic strata of states in the US. It has relied on sending its representatives to Senate and the US House for longer stretches to create seniority. This helps to get federal money. Parker, who has experience in investment banking, has pushed for term limits. He had also said that only private investment, and not government spending, could improve the state. He asserted that he has the necessary contacts to bring investment dollars. A cut of government was also advocated by Representative Trent Kelly of 1st District. Kelly was a district attorney.