JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – According to Mississippi Today, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell is running for Congress in Mississippi’s 4th congressional district. The seat is currently held by Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Ezell is running as a Republican. The election will be held in 2022.
Palazzo has been the subject of a House ethics investigation for allegedly misspending campaign funds. In March, a congressional ethics report stated Palazzo misspent campaign and congressional funds. The report alleged Palazzo used his office to help his brother and used staff for personal errands and services.
According to Y’all Politics, Palazzo indicated he will run for reelection. He released the following statement:
I am immensely proud to represent south Mississippi and fight for our values in Washington. During my time in Congress I have proven myself to be a leader in Washington, fighting as hard as anyone to support the men and women in uniform, our veterans, and the men and women of law enforcement. Through my work on the Appropriations Committee I have brought wise federal investment to south Mississippi through contracts for training, testing and fielding of the latest in military and space technologies as well as infrastructure, health technologies and cutting edge university research. I have fought to help Mississippi recover from disasters including a once in a lifetime pandemic, ensured that money from oil and natural gas leases go back to states who support resource production, and ensured that Mississippi is ready to lead our country well into the future as a hotbed of innovation and pro-business policies.
Despite the efforts of our current president and Speaker Pelosi, we have created one of the strongest economies on record through tax relief for both families and businesses, and built hundreds of miles of new border fencing to prevent illegal crossings. I will continue to fight them at every turn and ensure that the bad policies of the Obama administration are not repeated. I plan to continue to serve as long as the constituents of the fourth district have faith in me to do so.Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.)
Ezell, 58, has spent 40 years in law enforcement. He’s worked in the Pascagoula Police Department and was also the chief of police of Oceans Springs before becoming the sheriff of Jackson County.