The mayors of Gulfport, Natchez, Pass Christian and Pascagoula attended the kickoff along with other state and local leaders.
On Monday, State Representative Charles Busby, a Republican, officially launched his campaign to become the next transportation commissioner for the Southern District of Mississippi.
More than 100 attendees representing cities and towns in the Southern District converged on Ocean Springs for a fundraiser and campaign kick-off event hosted by fellow state Rep. Hank Zuber.
Busby, the current chairman of the House Transportation Committee, announced he would seek the seat in August, saying at the time that his decision to run was based on what he believed was the best way for him to continue to support the state while putting his experience to use for the people of Mississippi.
Busby is a licensed contractor, professional engineer and business owner with nearly 40 years of experience.
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Among the local and state officials gathered at Monday’s event were:
- Mike Ezell, Jackson County Sheriff and Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District
- Mayor of Gulfport Billy Hewes
- Mayor of Natchez Dan Gibson
- Mayor of Pass Christian Jim Rafferty
- Mayor of Pascagoula Jay Willis
- State Senator Brice Wiggins
- State Senator Mike Seymour
- State Senator Scott DeLano
- State Representative Shane Barnett
- State Representative Kevin Felsher
- State Representative Doug McLeod
In addition, various county supervisors, aldermen, councilmen, and local Republican leaders from across the 27-county district were in attendance.
Busby represented House District 111 for three terms, winning the Republican seat in 2009 when he defeated Democrat Brandon Jones for the Jackson County seat.
Tom King, the current Southern District Transportation Commissioner, has yet to publicly state that he will not seek re-election in 2023. However, it is strongly believed that the 75-year-old incumbent who has held the seat for three terms will not run in next year’s statewide elections.