Republican Palazzo enters the 4th District Congressional Race

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Another Republican is challenging Gene Taylor for his 4th District Congressional Seat. State Representative Steven Palazzo officially announced his candidacy Tuesday.

Palazzo is a Mississippi Coast native, a businessman and former Marine Corps and Army Guard reservist. He was elected to the state house in 2006.

"Over the past three years, I have become increasingly concerned with the leadership of our country, including our Congressional Representative in the 4th District," Palazzo said in a statement. "With double digit unemployment, entire local industries at risk, our national deficit at a record high, and our troops still at war, I can no longer sit on the sidelines, and I know more needs to be done to protect our local community and our nation."

Another Republican, Joseph Tegerdine of Petal, is also a candidate in the 4th District Congressional Race. Tegerdine announced his candidacy last October. He said he stands for limited government and a strong national defense.

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