Qualifying for the 2019 local and statewide races begins on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
BALDWYN – Rep. Jerry Turner is among the first political leaders in the region to announce his plans for 2019, and chief among this is his intention to seek another term in the House of Representatives for District 18.
Turner announced his intentions in a Facebook post on Christmas Day.
“With great humility I am thankful for the many constituents who have encouraged me to seek re-election for District 18 House of Representatives seat,” his post read. “For the past fifteen (15) years you have honored me to serve as your Representative voice in the state legislature. I thank you wholeheartedly! Words seem inadequate to fully express my appreciation for your trust and confidence in my service.
“Your consideration of re-electing me in 2019 to serve another term as your District 18 Representative is humbly requested,” the post continued. “I have earnestly tried to respond to all requests of constituents and to be a responsible facilitator. With your support, I will be able to continue with a ‘work in progress’ for House District 18 and all citizens in our wonderful state of Mississippi.”
Committees and legislation
Turner cited the accomplishments he and fellow legislators have been able to make and a desire to continue to benefit his district as his chief motivation. Turner is the Chair of the Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability Committee and serves on the state Banking, Appropriations, Conservation, Agriculture, Insurance, Management, and Transportation committees. He also serves on the State Workforce Investment Board, Mississippi State Personnel Board, and the Mississippi Small Business Regulatory Commission.
Turner also pointed to significant legislation he has supported during his tenure, including “getting fair lease agreements on public owned land including 16th section, prison agriculture land, and public owned buildings leased by public entities; (2) limiting regulations with new policies for private business which accentuate Mississippi’s ‘Right to Work’ status by fostering a better working environment between employer and employee; (3) limiting the overreach of government which places Mississippi’s economic development at a disadvantage when competing nationally for new industry site selection; (4) operating state government efficiently and effectively without raising taxes; (5) reforming state procurement policy which is estimated to have saved multi-millions of dollars for taxpayers annually, and to identify countless millions of dollars in mishandled state contracts.
“Participation in meaningful policy changes which foster a conservative value structure for our wonderful state is a most gratifying service experience,” Turner said. “Supporting legislation in our civil justice system to provide a ‘level playing field’ for dealing with tort reform continues to be helpful for economic development that facilitates addition and retention of good paying jobs. District 18 has especially benefitted from new jobs in recent times.”
Mississippi voters will head to the polls in November 2019 to elect county and state leaders. Qualifying begins Jan. 2 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. Primaries will be held on Aug. 6, with runoffs, if needed, on Aug. 27. The general election will take place on Nov. 5.