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Meet Mark Everson, the south Mississippian running for POTUS

Mark Everson speaks to the Harrison County republican club. (Image Source: WLOX News) Mark Everson speaks to the Harrison County republican club. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Everson, a college runner,  spends time with his son on the track. (Image Source: WLOX News) Everson, a college runner, spends time with his son on the track. (Image Source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

As CNN hosted the second GOP debate Wednesday night, 16 of the candidates took the stage in two different debates. Surprisingly, one of the candidates was missing — he was in South Mississippi.

Instead of being in Simi Valley, former IRS commissioner and GOP candidate Mark Everson began his day speaking to the Harrison County Republican Club in Gulfport.

“I've run the immigration system of the country, that's an equally important point, and I helped create the homeland security department. So, I know a great deal about taxes immigration and security. In fact, more than most of the republican field,” added Everson.

Everson, who has worked for both the Reagan and second Bush administrations, says he stands firm on what he calls extensive experience, which he believes qualifies him to be president of the United States.

“Like many Americans, I'm concerned about the country, and just where we're headed. I don't think the career politicians are going to get us out of the ditch we're in,” said Everson.

Since beginning his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in March, Everson has spent a lot of time campaigning in Iowa and most recently New Hampshire. Although he spends a lot of time on the road, when he comes home, Everson makes sure to spend time doing his most important job; being a dad to his seven-year-old son, Oliver.

Everson ran track at Yale and Oliver is following in his footsteps. Even on the track, Oliver is very much aware of his dad's bid for the White House.

“I would probably say that he's had experience and that I just think that he would be good for the country,” said Oliver.

Everson says he is hopeful that his campaign will gain more momentum as time goes on.

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