Catfish And Politics Merge For Public Forum

Republican candidates were hungry for fish but even more so, these politicians are hungry for change.

"One of the reasons I am on the republican ticket is because I've believed in their ideals over the years, their continuity and their strength," says Glen Terrell.

Terrell is running for the the job of Harrison County Sheriff. He made a stop at Sunday's Forum and Fish Fry for the meet and greet and to sell himself as the best candidate for the job. But he wasn't the only one.

"We've never had a republican for the southern District at all so it's time that we have a Central District Commissioner that is republican, and we think that it's time that we had a commissioner to work with our republican Governor in Jackson," said Larry Benefield, a candidate for the Southern District Transportation Commisioner.

Al Hopkins will also run in next months race. He's vying for the title of Attorney General.

"In the state of Mississippi, we have some serious changes that need to be made. We have a serious drug problem. We have a situation were there is public corruption that needs to be addressed. It was not addressed by the present Attorney General.  It's important to understand; it's a big law office. It's a big law firm, and we need the kind of experience that I bring to this office," Hopkins said.

George Birdrow is the chairman of the Harrison County Republican party. He says despite the decrease of republicans in the House and Senate, the state of Mississippi's republican party is stronger than ever.

"We've been very fortunate in this area, and we feel like we've got some quality candidates. We feel like we'll continue to pick up seats, and hopefully one day in the not too distant future, we'll have a majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate in Jackson," Birdrow said.

The primary elections are Tuesday, August 7th.