Almost three dozen current and former mayors from around Mississippi gathered to formally endorse U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy.
“What you have before you is a representation of Mayors who are representing cities in need,” Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said. “We need leadership in the United States Senate who represents the ideas that will move Mississippi forward. That is why I’m supporting Mike Espy.”
Espy, who is running to fill the unexpired term of retiring Sen. Thad Cochran (R), formerly represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District, and later led the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton.
“Mike Espy’s experience in Washington and his work with Hope Enterprises proves he understands municipality’s needs and has a track record of assisting those municipalities in obtaining the resources they need to provide quality of life for their citizens,” said Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon, president of the Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors. “We’re here today to ask all voters across this great state to swing their support behind the most qualified candidate — Mike Espy.”
“I am honored to stand with this group of mayors and receive their endorsement,” Espy said. “And I promise each of them that I will stand with, not only the mayors here today, but all mayors across this state to address the issues that are important to them, their communities, and all Mississippians when I am elected to represent the people of Mississippi.”
Espy is running against interim U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith who was appointed to fill Cochran’s term. State senator Chris McDaniel is also running for the seat.