JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert announced Monday that he will run for Congress in a May 12 special election to fill the District 1 seat left vacant by the death of Republican Alan Nunnelee.
“We lost a dedicated public servant with the passing of Representative Alan Nunnelee. The people of North Mississippi deserve representation that honors his standard of excellence, and I pledge to work tirelessly on behalf of the good people of the First District.,” Tagert said in a written statement.
A Republican from Oktibbeha County, Tagert is a six-year veteran of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve and has been a Transportation Commissioner since 2011. Tagert said he planned to take his experience to Washington to help get the country back on track.
“Proven leadership is more critical than ever during these challenging times. Our nation faces threats from many directions.”
Tagert is one eight other candidates who have said they are running for the congressional office.
The qualifying deadline is March 27.