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Childers Not Likely To Run For Transportation Job

November 9, 2010

The Clarion-Ledger published a lengthy story today on the latest troubles with MDOT director Butch Brown, who continues to make headlines for less-than-flattering reasons. You can check out the report here, but I wanted to focus on the upcoming special election for the Northern District Transportation Commission position recently made open by Bill Minor’s death.

The paper lists eight individuals who are rumored to be considering the job: Appalachian Regional Commission Director Mike Armour, former Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough (R), former state Sen. Bill Renick (D-Ashland), retired Northern District Transportation Commissioner Zach Stewart (D), state Rep. Warner McBride (D-Courtland), Sen. Merle Flowers (R-Southaven), Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (R), and state Rep. Brian Aldridge (R-Tupelo).

I’ve also heard Sen. Terry Brown (R-Columbus) mentioned as a possible candidate.

Rep. Travis Childers, after just losing re-election, said he’s “not leaning in the direction of running.” Doesn’t mean he’s ruled it out, but it certainly looks like he will be running for this position. I would add the timing is just bad for him to get in another run which will occur less than two months after his Congressional re-election bid. Childers added, “I certainly have a great interest in our highway system, but not necessarily in that seat.” Some other seat then?

For reference, here is a map of the northern district (along with the central and southern districts). You can see it extends from the majority-black upper Delta over to the rural, white Democrat rich northeast portion of the state (which just happened to overwhelmingly support a Republican over a credible RWD a week ago).

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