January 10, 2008
Wicker visits Holly Springs as part of campaign kickoff
By SUE WATSON
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker kicked off a campaign bus tour Monday in small communities across North Mississippi.
With him as he arrived in Holly Springs was his dad, former state senator Fred Wicker.
The tour began seven days after Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Wicker, December 31, to fill the seat of Trent Lott who resigned his post in December.
Barbour set the special election for the seat to coincide with the general election in November. However, attorney general Jim Hood has issued a request for a ruling on the issue of timing of the election, saying he interprets the law to require a special election within 120 days following the resignation of a Congressional seat.
Wicker met with enthusiastic citizens and with the Marshall County Board of Supervisors Monday before making other stops in downtown.
“It’s great to be back in Marshall County,” he said. “Y’all have let me represent you 13 years in the U.S. House.”
He said he is having a great first week as U.S. senator as he makes a campaign sweep through the state.
Wicker said his grandfather, Caswell Drake Wicker, moved to the Marshall County area in about 1870.
“So the Wickers have been around these parts for a long time,” he said.
The senator said he has enjoyed working with the state legislators, county supervisors and mayors in his prior role as U.S. representative.
“Thanks to Mayor Andre’ DeBerry for honoring me with his attendance,” he added. “Together we’ve been able to do a few things.
“I have to get on the ballot and am asking for signatures on my petition.”
Wicker is from Tupelo.
He served seven years in the Mississippi Legislature before his election to the U.S. House. His father, Fred, from Pontotoc, is a retired circuit court judge, and a former state senator, county attorney and city attorney (Pontotoc).
Wicker has said his legislative priorities will be national security, economic development/job creation, Katrina/rebuilding South Mississippi, and health care.
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