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Former Democratic State Rep. Now Running As A Republican

December 14, 2010

Former State Rep. Jamie Creel is a candidate for the state legislative seat previously held by Rep.-elect Steven Palazzo (the 116th district). Previously, Creel represented the 115th district from 2000-2004.

In 2003, he lost his bid for re-election to Rep. Randall Patterson, who currently occupies the seat. A large part of his defeat from seven years ago can likely be attributed to run-ins with the law while in office. Here are details on a number of those issues from the archives of the Magnolia Political Report.

Another point of interest is that Creel previously served as a Democrat. When we first heard of his entrance into the race, we labeled him as a Democrat for that reason. But that no longer appears to be the case. According to the Sun Herald, Creel is now a Republican. In 2004, Creel was also one of about 50 former or current Democratic officeholders in the state to endorse George W. Bush’s re-election bid.

** This means that Quentin Lyles, a business owner from D’Iberville, is the only candidate in the race who is a Democrat. The Sun Herald was not able to reach Travis Burke, a candidate from D’Iberville, so they don’t have a party on him. Interestingly, he is the only candidate I can find a website for. And there he identifies himself as conservative and independent.

As we’ve said, this is a very Republican district, Palazzo faced no general election opponent in 2007, and we fully expect Republicans to hold it.

*** There will be a public forum featuring the candidates in the race tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the D’Iberville Senior Citizen Center. This is being organized by the Gulf Coast Business Council and Coast Young Professionals.

**** As for the man who is leaving this seat, Steven Palazzo is still waiting to hear if he had landed a spot on the Armed Services Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Throughout the campaign and post-election, he has made his intentions clear that his top priority was being on this committee; one of great importance- particularly to the Coast.

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