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Travis Childers to run for U.S. Senate

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Travis Childers announced on Friday that he will run for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

According to the Associated Press, 55-year-old Childers is qualifying for the seat that Republican Thad Cochran first won in 1978. Cochran is challenged by two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary.

In the Democratic primary, Childers will face Bill Marcy who has twice run unsuccessfully for the U.S. House as a tea party Republican. The primaries will be held June 3.

The last Democrat to serve in the Senate from Mississippi was John C. Stennis, who retired in 1989.

Upon his announcement, Childers released the following statement:

"Today I am filing to run for the U.S. Senate to make sure that all Mississippians have a Senator in Washington looking out for them.

"Regular people and small businesses across Mississippi are still hurting in this economy, but Washington is more partisan and dysfunctional than ever.  That has got to change.  What I know is that the old ways of Washington aren't working, and a new breed of partisanship isn't the answer.  Right now the powerful corporations and special interests have all the power, and the middle class and seniors are paying the price. We need to end tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas, protect Medicare and Social Security, give small business owners a tax break, and pass a balanced budget amendment to force the politicians to cut the wasteful spending.

"I look forward to formally launching my campaign and traveling to every corner of our great state in the weeks to come. Mississippians know that I have a solid record of being an independent guy who will work across party lines and stand up to the powers that be when needed.  In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to put Mississippi's middle class first."

Childers is a small business owner and a local economic development leader from Northeast Miss., who has brought over one thousand jobs to the local community. During his time in the House of Representatives, he had one of the most independent voting records in Congress.

Childers is pro-gun, pro-life, and was endorsed by the NRA. If elected to Senate, he says he will lead the fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment, protect the Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned, and protect Mississippi jobs by ending tax breaks for big corporations that ship jobs overseas.


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