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Two qualify for Upshaw’s Dist. 95 seat
By Jennifer Lenain
Apr 12, 2013, 18:52

As of Friday, two candidates had qualified for the late Rep. Jessica Upshaw's District seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Sherri Carr Bevis and Patricia H. Willis, both of Diamondhead, have submitted qualifying paperwork to the Secretary of State's office for the seat.
"It's a sad situation and we continue to mourn the loss of Jessica and I look forward to continuing her conservative leadership in Jackson," Bevis said.
"I've thought about this for years," Bevis said. "I've always been involved in the community and now that my kids are older, we made the decision as a family. This has been a dream of mine. I really truly desire to serve District 95 and I think I will do a good job."
"The Coast is my home and I am proud to call it home."
Bevis was born in Greenwood, but spent the majority of her life along the Gulf Coast.
She graduated from Gulfport High and attended Mississippi State University.
Bevis spent two years working as Senator Trent Lott's Deputy Press Secretary before furthering her education at George Washington University.
She helped develop the Main Street program in 2008 and served as its executive director for two years. In 2011, she served as deputy campaign manager for Billy Hewes' campaign for lieutenant governor. She then returned to the classroom and is currently teaching the fourth grade at North Bay Elementary School. Bevis has lived in Diamondhead for the past 17 years.
Willis, an attorney and former municipal judge, was not available for comment before press time Friday.
The qualifying deadline is set for April 29 and the legislative election will be held on May 28.
If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, then a runoff will be held on June 18.


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