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Here are the candidates running for Mississippi’s congressional seats

The ballot is set for Mississippi’s upcoming congressional elections with the qualifying deadline passing over the weekend. The following list features all candidates already approved by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, meaning they will be included in party-held primary races on March 12. The general election will then take place on November 5.

U.S. House District 1 Trent Kelly (Republican)

Incumbent Trent Kelly is seeking a sixth term after first winning a special election runoff in 2015. Kelly has spent 38 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, currently serving as Major General. In Congress, the Union native serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Dianne Black (Democrat)

Dianne Black is once again trying to secure the Democratic nomination for District 1. In 2022, Kelly defeated Black by nearly 80,000 votes. Black then went on to run for Mississippi House District 52 during the most recent election cycle, falling to Republican Bill Kinkade by 23 points. A hairstylist by trade, the Olive Branch native has run a salon for over 40 years. According to her campaign website, running points include affordable access to healthcare, reproductive privacy, and stricter gun laws.

Matthew Williams (Democrat)

Matthew Williams does not have a campaign website or Facebook set up currently.

U.S. House District 2 Bennie Thompson (Democrat)

Bennie Thompson is seeking a 16th term, which would make him one of the longest-tenured members in the House at over 30 years representing District 2. The once mayor of small-town Bolton has strengthened his name identity over the past two years through his work as chairman of the House Jan. 6 Committee. Other congressional achievements of Thompson include authoring legislation to create the National Center for Minority Health and Health Care Disparities and being selected as the first Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee (2007-2011, 2019-2023). He currently serves as the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee as Republicans retook a majority in the House in 2022.

Ron Eller (Republican)

After failing to secure the Republican nomination for District

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