Tommy Gollott has spent the last 40 years in the Mississippi legislature fighting for the Democratic Party. When he goes back to the State Capitol next year, it will be as a Republican.
Thursday, the Biloxi senator filed qualifying papers with the Mississippi Republican Party. Gollott said he made the switch because Democrats only want to support party candidates, and he wants to support the best candidates for south Mississippi. Gollott has no opposition in this year's election.
The only statewide news on Thursday came in the Attorney General's race. Gulfport attorney Al Hopkins turned rumor into reality when he announced that he will run for Attorney General. Hopkins is the only republican to qualify for that race. More than likely, he'll face incumbent Jim Hood in November's general election.
One interesting note, because of retirements and political aspirations, Mississippians will elect a new Lieutenant Governor, a new Secretary of State and a new State Auditor this fall.
Locally, George Payne will seek re-election. The Harrison County Sheriff is one of 10 candidates who qualified for the sheriff's race.