Third candidate for Upshaw’s seat
By Jennifer Lenain
Apr 19, 2013, 19:07
As of press time Friday, three candidates had qualified for the late Rep. Jessica Upshaw's District 95 seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Grant Bower, Patricia H. Willis and Sherri Carr Bevis, all of Diamondhead, have submitted qualifying paperwork to the Secretary of State's office for the seat.
"I am a conservative Republican and would very much like to be the people's voice in the State House of Representatives," Bower said in a statement issued Thursday. "I would like to hear from the District 95 residents; let me know your thoughts on the issues that concern you."
Bower graduated from Williamsport Area Community College and completed four years of service in the United States Air Force.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for the Navy at Stennis Space Center.
He later obtained an advanced degree in Management.
During his time at Stennis Space Center he also worked as a researcher and served as the Administrative Director for the Naval Research Laboratory detachment.
In 2009, he retired and became an active volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the Hancock County Youth Court.
Bower said he is pro-gun and supports the ongoing pro-education reforms.
He can be reached via email at, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at, (228) 216-7908.
The qualifying deadline is 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.
Editor's note: Biographical information on Willis and Bevis ran in previous editions of the Sea Coast Echo.