Mike Espy signs qualifying papers, officially running for U.S. Senate

There may be a rematch in November as Democrat Mike Espy is officially running for U.S. Senate. 

The former Congressman unsuccessfully challenged Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for her seat in the Senate during the previous election cycle, but after signing qualifying papers on Thursday, he is back in the race. 

“Mississippi is entering a new decade, and as a native son, I want it to be a decade of promise — with people having reliable access to affordable healthcare, where we have rural hospitals that are financially solvent, where people have access to reasonably priced prescription drugs, where public education is of the highest quality, where teachers can afford to teach, and where college graduates can remain here to work, to start a family and to pursue their dreams. I want to be a partner in building the ‘New Mississippi,’ devoid of all the old stereotypes and symbols that have divided us for so long and have driven people to look away from Mississippi,” Espy said in a statement. 

Espy was defeated by Senator Hyde-Smith in November 2018 after she had been appointed by Governor Phil Bryant and endorsed by President Trump. 

He’ll run his campaign in addition to serving in his new role as the attorney for the Madison County Board of Supervisors. 

Espy served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1993 and was appointed as the Secretary of Agriculture by Bill Clinton. He served in the role from 1993-94 before his resignation.