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Safety concerns grow for elected leaders

Leaders say they won't let safety concerns consume them. (Photo source: WLOX) Leaders say they won't let safety concerns consume them. (Photo source: WLOX)

County supervisors and other elected officials from across the state are on the Coast to discuss politics. 

The mood was initially Mardi Gras festive, but when news of the Virginia shooting spread, it turned into shock. 

“I do think about it when something happened to Steve Scalise. But you don't think about that every day," said Harrison County supervisor Connie Rockco. "If you did, you wouldn't be able to function, you wouldn't be able to get your work done,” Rockco explained. 

It can happen anywhere, at any time. Ralph Goss is a supervisor from Winston County.

“We seen it every day, all over the world. We're concerned, but we don't dwell on it,” Goss said. 

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn knows about threats firsthand. He took a stand to change the stage flag, and instantly got written feedback.

“I was obviously concerned just how far will this individual go,” Gunn recalled. 

Some politicians blame the current political climate for the violence.

"All the fighting and the gridlock, it doesn't do anybody any good," Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood explained. "It stirs up people that are vulnerable already and emotional.” 

While most elected officials say they do have safety concerns, they also say they're not go to let it consume them. They're not going to live their lives looking over their shoulders.

“If you get where you're in a cocoon somewhere and you're not out talking with the people that sent you there, you're not going to do a good job. So I'll let the Lord and common sense take care of me,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. 

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