Greg Ward Will Not Run For Re-election
I just got off the phone with a source who has confirmed that Rep. Greg Ward (D-Ripley) has decided not to run for re-election for his North Mississippi based seat. Ward has served three terms in the House and currently chairs the Agriculture Committee.
Ward was a previous backer of Speaker Billy McCoy, but was mentioned by Rep. Jeff Smith (D-Columbus) as the leader of a group of Democrats who have stated they would not support McCoy again, or one of his allies (i.e., Rep. Bobby Moak). But Ward was still a top target for Republicans and had already drawn two challengers: Jimmy Benefield and Alan Miller.
There is also talk that Moak has lined up a Democrat, something that has been in the works since it was revealed that Ward would not support him in his likely bid for Speaker should McCoy not run again. That said, Republicans have a much better chance of picking this seat up without Ward running.