The primary election to determine the nominees for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's seat and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo's 4th Congressional District seat are this Tuesday, June 5.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

A nonpartisan special election on Nov. 6, will fill the Class II seat left vacant by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Cochran's term until Jan. 3, 2021.

The candidates on the ballot for next Tuesday's primary include:


(Seat currently held by Sen. Roger Wicker)

Republican Candidates

Richard Boyanton

Hancock County businessman Richard Boyanton, 68, is a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and is a decorated Vietnam veteran, earning a Purple Heart and numerous other awards.

After finishing his service in the military, he returned home to start his own business. Currently, he owns Scott Fence Company and Boyanton Industries.

He says he has "raised over three sets of kids and have been married to my beloved wife, Grace, for 48 years and counting."

He is the owner of Scott Fence Company and Boyanton Industries.

He has said that "… American history has left behind a core, unique set of values that is absolutely worthy of upholding. These values include a trust in the individual and his work ethic combined with unity, self-sacrifice, and a willingness to strive for a greater, common goal.  These values are what made America a leader in the world, a beacon upon a hill for all other countries to follow.  They can be applied to every American, regardless of race, gender, or class.  Without a solid foundation based on these shared, cohesive values, the Union cannot stand together as one.

"Yet, with each passing day, these same values are coming under greater attack, and as a result, tensions between fellow citizens in this country are reaching a boiling point.  After years of watching Congressmen sit on their hands and do nothing about this, or even worse fan the flames for their own personal benefit, I decided to throw my hat into the race. I decided to run for Senate in order to bring power back into the hands of ordinary citizens that love their country and are concerned about its future."

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger F. Wicker has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007. e is a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, and served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 114th Congress. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he chairs the Subcommittee on Seapower.

Wicker is also a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet; Environment and Public Works Committee; Rules Committee; and the Joint Committee on Printing.  He is Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and Vice President of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly. Wicker is also a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Congressional Board of Visitors.

Prior to his service in the Senate, Wicker was elected seven times, beginning in 1994, to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the state Senate on behalf of Lee and Pontotoc counties.

Senator Wicker served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He retired from the Reserve in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Senator is the son of former Circuit Judge Fred Wicker and the late Mrs. Wordna Wicker. He was educated in the public schools of Pontotoc and received his B.A. and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Wicker is a member of the First Baptist Church Tupelo, where he served as chairman of the deacons, taught Sunday School, and where he still sings in the choir.

Senator Wicker is married to the former Gayle Long of Tupelo. They have three children: Margaret and son-in-law Manning McPhillips; Caroline and son-in-law Kirk Sims; and McDaniel Wicker and his wife Kellee; and five grandchildren: Caroline, Henry, Maury Beth, Virginia McPhillips, and Evelyn Sims.

Democratic Candidates

David Baria

David Baria is a Democratic member of theMississippi House of Representatives, representing District 122. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Baria served in the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 46 from 2008 to 2012.

Baria earned his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1987, and J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1990. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and CEO of Rhino Construction.

Baria is the Chairman of the NCSL Gulf and Atlantic States Task Force. He is also a member of the National Conference of Environmental Legislators, Bay St. Louis Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Leadership Hancock County, Mississippi Bar and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Baria was born in Pascagoula on December 4, 1962. He is married to the former Marcie Fyke; they have three children Merritt, Bess and Max.

He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bay St. Louis.

Jensen Bohren

Jensen Bohren, 34, of Benton, is a "self-proclaimed nerd" who does not want to be a politician, merely "a representative for the people of Mississippi," according to "Millenial Politics."

He is a graduate from Delta State University with a degree in Biology.

"Having worked in a video store, an agricultural research facility, a recording studio, a comic store, restaurants, and a public school, Bohren says he knows the 'demoralizing trot around town with a stack of resumes, hoping for a callback,' he told Millennial Politics.

Jensen's progressive campaign is focused on campaign finance reform, marijuana decriminalization, Medicare for all, and ranked-choice voting. He also supports providing veterans with a basic income, healthcare for life, and automatic citizenship.

Jerone Garland

James Jerone Garland of Kosciusko went to Kosciusko Senior High School and lists himself on his Facebook page as a "servant ant God's Command."

"I am asking Mississippi for a mandate," he told his followers."Elect Jerone Garland I will get criminal justice reform and state wide broadband or shut Washington down trying."

He is also an advocate for universal healthcare.

Victor Maurice, Jr.

Victor Maurice, Jr., of Pass Christian, us a United States Marine Corpse veteran and "was born and raised in Gulfport, MS and naturally moved towards change in his environment from the beginning as a leading member of the High School Band and ROTC program," according to his website.

"Victor still draws insight from his life as a young Police Explorer with the Gulfport Police Department and as a 'statistic' waiting to happen being a disadvantaged, poverty stricken, teenager who fought daily to match his 'normal' with the national presentation of 'normal' of the young African American Male in MS." 

He is the father of six children, including three sons and three daughters.

Omeria Scott

Rep. Omeria Scott has been a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives since 1993. She represents District 80, which includes Clarke, Jasper and Jones counties. Scott was born November 21, 1956 in Laurel and is married to Charles Scott. She is of the Baptist faith.

She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a nursing home administrator by trade.

She is is affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star, National Council of Negro Women, Federated Women of America, Association for Excellence in Education and Beacon of Hope Mississippi Scholarship Foundation.

As a member of the state House of Representatives, she has served on the Insurance, Medicaid, Public Health and Human Services, Tourism and Ways and Means committees.

Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman is a venture capitalist who lives in Meridian, MS along with his wife, actress and Meridian-native Sela Ward. In 2000, Howard and Sela founded Hope Village for Children, to care for abused, neglected, and abandoned children and keep siblings together. Since inception they have provided critical services to more than three thousand foster kids from all parts of Mississippi.

Sherman said he has also worked with policymakers in Jackson and Washington DC to persuade government agencies to do what is best for Mississippi’s children and fix inherently bad rules and regulations.

He has worked with the Defense Department on the development of technologies to keep our troops safe. In addition, he has launched innovative companies to support military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


(4th Congressional District)

(Seat currently held by Rep. Steven Palazzo)

Republican Candidates

Rep. Steven Palazzo

As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, current member of the Mississippi National Guard,and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Congressman Steven Palazzo was first sworn into office on January 5, 2011.

Steven currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he sits on three subcommittees: the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Agriculture, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Since his first term, Steven has served on the Majority Whip team. He also spent five years as the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee, overseeing the country’s space program and ensuring America’s continued access to space.Before being selected for the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Palazzo also sat on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. His military experience also provided the opportunity for Steven to lead the House National Guard Caucus, where he remains chairman. In 2016, he also took the helm of the House Aerospace Caucus.

Steven’s prior life includes experience working on oil rigs, serving on active duty overseas, and starting and owning his own small business. He also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. A Gulf Coast native, Steven is the proud father of three children:Barrett,Aubrey and Bennett.

E. Brian Rose

E. Brian Rose, who currently lives in Ocean Springs, is a United States Combat Veteran, entrepreneur, best selling author, and philanthropist. As a member of Keesler Air Force Base’s elite Combat Camera Squadron, he trained with Army Rangers at Fort Benning, Navy SEALS in Little Rock, and Green Berets in Spokane.

In 1993, he served as a crew member in missions that flew into war torn Bosnia and Former Yugoslavia. Later that year, he was deployed with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division to the battlefields of Mogadishu Somalia in support of OPERATION Restore Hope, where he earned several decorations for meritorious service. Following active duty, EBR made South Mississippi his permanent home and continued to serve in the Mississippi Air National Guard.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he worked as a Viz Lab specialist in the Naval Oceanographic Office and in support of the DoD’s Major Shared Resource Center at Stennis Space Center.

From his cubicle at Stennis, EBR foresaw that the future of business would revolve around the Internet. He spent the next decade learning the latest technologies and helping businesses put them to use. Eventually, he founded a software platform that allowed ordinary people to easily start online businesses.

EBR is married to Heather, owner of Heather Lynne Boutique in Ocean Springs. Together, they have three children and three crazy dogs

Democratic Candidates

Rep. Jeramey Anderson

Mississippi Rep. Jeramey Anderson is a native of Moss Point, MS.  He received his associate degree in criminal justice from Pearl River Community College and his bachelor's degree in homeland security from Tulane University.

He represents District 110 in the Mississippi Legislature covering Moss Point and Pascagoula. When Rep. Anderson won his seat in November of 2013, he became the youngest African American ever elected to Legislature in United States History. Anderson is also the youngest elected to the Mississippi Legislature.

Since his inauguration on his 22nd birthday Representative Anderson has appeared on MSNBC. Recently, Anderson was recognized as a “Young Riser” at the 2015 BET Honors by BET which aired nationally and internationally.

Anderson is currently serving his second term as District 110 State Representative, which will end in January 2020.  Upon being re-elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, his Democratic colleagues elected him to serve in the House Democratic leadership as Caucus Secretary/Treasurer.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board for "Let America Vote" which is an organization dedicated to winning the public debate over voter suppression in the United States. He also serves as co-chairman for the Mississippi Future Caucus, a bipartisan caucus for lawmakers under 40.  Most recently, he was honored during the opening session of the United Nations as one of the world's most influential people of African descent under 40.

During his time in the legislative sessions, Anderson has authored and co-authored legislation centered around increasing minimum wage, full funding for public education, wage equality, criminal justice reform and childcare subsidies. 


(Seat held by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed as interim replacement for Sen. Thad Cochran)

Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed state Agricultural Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to replace long-time Sen. Thad Cochran, who announced he was retiring.

There will be a special election to fill the office in November.

Those who have qualified for the race include Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel, both Republicans; and Democrats including former Rep. Mike Espy and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

Other races

Mississippi is holding nonpartisan general elections for local judicial offices on November 6, 2018.

In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election, a runoff election will take place on November 27, 2018.

In the race for Chancery Judge, Place Three -- representing Hancock, Harrison and Stone Counties, the candidates include incumbent Judge Sanford “Sandy” Steckler; and attorney Dianne Herman Ellis.



Lakeshore Community Center, 5440 Lower Bay Road, Bay St. Louis

Arlington Community Center, 1119 Dicks Street, Waveland

Waveland Civic Center, 335 Coleman Avenue, Waveland

Pearlington Recovery Center, 5265 Highway 604, Pearlington


Flat Top Community Center, 23472 Indian Road, Picayune

Catahoula Community Center, 10028 Browns Road, Picayune

Lee Town Stone Shelter, Lee Town Road, Picayune

Bayou Philip Community Center, 9155 Harbor Drive, Bay St. Louis

Lutheran Church of the Pines, 309 Highway 90, Waveland

Crane Creek Community Center, 30350 Highway 603, Perkinston


Dedeaux School, 14595 Vidalia Road, Kiln

American Legion, 645 Green Meadow Road, Bay St. Louis

Diamondhead Community Center, 5300 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead

Courthouse, 153 Main Street, Bay St. Louis


Kiln Storm Shelter, 18692 Highway 43, Kiln

West Shoreline Park Community Center, 10071 Kiln-Waveland Cutoff Road, Waveland

City Hall, 601 Bookter Street, Bay St. Louis

Christ Episcopal Church, 912 South Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, 312 Highway 90, Bay St. Louis

Garden Isle Soccer Field, 3068 Longfellow Road, Bay St. Louis


Bay St. Louis Fire Station No. 2, 9998 Highway 603, Bay St. Louis

Fenton Community Center, 2369 Kiln DeLisle Road, Kiln

Annunciation Church Hall, 5380 Kiln DeLisle Road, Kiln

Diamondhead City Hall, 5000 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead

Standard Fire Station, 25150 Highway 603, Kiln



DeLisle Volunteer Fire Station, 25242 Cuevas DeLisle Road, Pass Christian

Pass Christian City Court Building, 329 E Second Street, Pass Christian

Westside Community Center, 4006 8th Street, Gulfport

The Randolph Center, 315 Clark Street, Pass Christian

West Harrison County Fire Station 10071 Vidalia Road, Pass Christian

Lizana Volunteer Fire Department, 16445 Lizana School Road, Lizana

First United Methodist Church, 208 Pine Street, Long Beach

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 712 Highway 90, Long Beach

Grace Lutheran Church, 19221 Pineville Road, Long Beach

Long Beach School District Central Office, 19148 Commission Road, Long Beach

Faith Baptist Church, 8467 Canal Road, Gulfport

Pineville Elementary School, 5192 Menge Avenue, Pass Christian

Sacred Heart Dedeaux Catholic Church, 14595 Vidalia Road, Pass Christian

County Farm Road Fire Station, 13243 County Farm Road, Gulfport

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