Senate Candidate Mike Espy Seeks To Continue A Proud Legacy

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy

Dylan K. Little, Editor-In-Chief

Democratic challenger Mike Espy is running for a historic Senate seat in Mississippi to unseat the Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith. Some Key issues Mr. Espy is running on are the expansion of Medicare, ensuring quality education for Mississippi youth, helping limit and get control of COVID-19 in Mississippi and strengthening Mississippi’s struggling economy.

Espy remarks that it was his grandfather, who was the son of enslaved people, that inspired Espy’s determination to be a public servant. His grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Huddleston, Sr. created an organization dedicated to helping enslaved people and their descendants through education, founded the first Mississippi hospital for African Americans and founded The Century Voice, a newspaper with a circulation of over 10,000 people. This passion for civic engagement and sustained excellence was clearly passed down to Espy, who graduated from Howard University and Santa Clara Law School.  He then became Mississippi’s Assistant Secretary of State and later became Mississippi’s Assistant Attorney General where he was the Director of Consumer Protection. Espy was also elected as the first African American Congressman since the Reconstruction era and six years later he was nominated as the first Black person to be Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture under Bill Clinton.

­Mike Espy might be an underdog in this race, however, if Espy is able to flip this Senate seat, he would be a key addition to a potential Democratic majority in the Senate and would effect progressive change to a state that is in dire need. His opponent, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, pushed for a resolution praising the Confederacy.Hopefully the people of Mississippi can come through to elect Mike Espy!