BYRAM, MS (WLBT) - The two Republican candidates hoping to unseat Second District Congressman, and Democrat, Bennie Thompson faced off in a debate in Byram Tuesday night.
Richard Cook, a teacher at Peeples Middle School in Jackson, is facing a runoff next week against fellow Republican Bill Marcy of Meridian. Marcy is a former Chicago police officer who says the Obama administration is turning the United States into blighted cities like Detroit and Newark, New Jersey.
Cook said he wants to be the true conservative voice for Mississippi.
"This year you know we have finally gotten our voice back. You know when they called us the silent majority for a long time. We ain't silent no more. People know who we are," said Cook.
"We need some Republicans who are warriors. Someone who has carried a .357 magnum, who has worn a bullet proof vest, who has walked through the fire of the democratic city. They don't scare me," Marcy said.
Tuesday night's debate was sponsored by the 912 project, a national grassroots movement of conservatives who say they are committed to reclaiming America. The runoff is set for June 22nd.
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