Mississippi Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis will square off against former actor and venture capitalist Howard Sherman next Tuesday, June 26, in the Democratic primary runoff election to determine who will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in November.
We rarely endorse any candidate in any election, but we feel the need to urge everyone who is eligible to vote next week to cast their ballots for David Baria.
If you are a registered elector and voted in the Democratic primary earlier this month or if you didn't vote in either primary, you are eligible to vote next Tuesday.
Regardless of your political beliefs, we believe its hard to argue against the fact that Baria is hands-down more qualified than Sherman to represent the people of the great state of Mississippi in the U.S. Senate.
Baria is a Mississippi native who has faithfully served the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since he was first elected to the Mississippi Legislature in 2007. His record shows he fights for what he believes is right, not the "party line," and he isn't afraid to take on big business in the fight for the people of Mississippi.
Sherman wasn't even registered to vote in Mississippi until 2009, and records reveal has never even voted in the state.
If you're voting purely along party lines, bear in mind that Sherman last year donated $5,000 to Republican Sen. Roger Wicker's campaign. Before that, he donated to current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' campaign when Sessions still served as a U.S. senator for Alabama.
He has no experience in public office, anywhere.
Baria said he decided to run for US Senate because he was tired of seeing Mississippi in dead last in every important category, and had lost faith in our leaders to do anything about it.
"We’ve been sending the same people to Washington for 30 years, and we keep getting the same results. I think we need to shake things up,” Baria said recently. “I think we need a fresh voice and a fresh perspective. I believe that I can be that agent of change in the state of Mississippi. We need to change the conversation in this state to a conversation where we stop talking about things that divide us and start talking about things that working families talk about around their kitchen table--the things that are important to them in their daily lives."
Baria is the best chance the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to get a voice back in the U.S. Senate.
Please vote next Tuesday, if you can. Polls will be open county-wide from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.