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Clicking on a name will provide you responses to the Quality Education Act of 2008 for all candidates
                                           in that race.

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                                     2007 CANDIDATES:
                            Click on a candidate’s name to see his/her response to
                                      The Quality Education Act of 2008.

                   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z

A:   Back to top                                                            Noal Akins (House12)
Sid Albritton (Senate 40)               Bill Allen (House 79)               William Tracy Arnold (House 3)
Brian Aldridge (House 17)               Tracy Arinder (House 75)

B:   Back to top
                                        Joe Biggs, Sr. (House 109)          Nickey Browning (Senate 3)
Larry J. Baker (House 8)                Edward Blackmon, Jr. (House 57)     Hob Bryan (Senate 7)
Mark Baker (House 74)                   David Blount (Senate 29)            Phil Bryant (Lt. Governor)
Willie Bailey (House 49)                Randy Boyd (House 19)               Kelvin Buck (House 5)
Earle S. Banks (House 67)               Sidney Bondurant (House 24)         Gerald Buffington (Senate 41)
Toby Barker (House 102)                 C. Scott Bounds (House 44)          Clara Henderson Burnett (House 9)
David Baria (Senate 46)                 Billy Broomfield (House 110)        Terry C. Burton (Senate 31)
Jim Beckett (House 23)                  Cecil Brown (House 66)              Albert Busby (House 86)
Martin Beech (Senate 42)                Chris Brown (House 20)              Kelvin Butler (Senate 38)
Donnie Bell (House 21)                  Terry Brown (Senate 17)             Larry Byrd (House 104)
Richard Bennett (House 120)
Dale Berry (House 77)

C:   Back to top
Credell Calhoun (House 68)              Gary Chism (House 37)               Linda F. Coleman (House 29)
David “Tad” Campbell (House 84)         Bryant Clark (House 47)             Mary H. Coleman (House 65)
Kimberly Campbell (House 72)            Alyce Clarke (House 69)             J.P. Compretta (House 122)
Videt Carmichael (Senate 33)            Eugene Clarke (Senate 22)           John Thomas Cripps (House 93)
Lester “Bubba” Carpenter (House 1)      Marvin Cochran (House 34)           Ricky Cummings (House 1)
Edwin Case (Senate 39)                  Angela Cockerham (House 96)         Becky Currie (House 92)
Lydia Chassaniol (Senate 14)            Marshall Coleman (House 23)

D:   Back to top                        Lawrence Deas (House 18)            Ralph Doxey (Senate 2)
Doug Davis (Senate 1)                   Dirk Dedeaux (House 93)             James Richard Dunworth (House 5)
Jonny Davis (Senate 6)                  Bill Denny (House 64)               J. Everette Dutschke (House 16)
Vincent Davis (Senate 36)               Tommy Dickerson (Senate 43)         Mark DuVall (House 19)
Deborah Dawkins (Senate 48)             Reecy Dickson (House 42)
Bob Dearing (Senate 37)                 Ponto R. Downing (House 61)
E:    Back to top               Tyrone Ellis (House 38)             James Evans (House 70)
Blaine Eaton (House 79)         Chuck Espy (House 26)
Jim Ellington (House 73)        Bob Evans (House 91)

F:    Back to top               Merle Flowers (Senate 19)           Hillman Frazier (Senate 27)
George Flaggs (House 55)        Mark Formby (House 108)             Francis Fredericks (House 119)
Harvey Fillingane (House 101)   Winston Fortenberry (House 99)      Herb Frierson (House 106)
Joey Fillingane (Senate 41)     Jamie Franks (Lt. Governor)

G:    Back to top               Ricky Gill (House 27)               James Gale Gregory (House 43)
Jack Gadd (House 13)            Andy Gipson (House 77)              Danny Guice, Jr. (House 114)
Joe Gardner (House 11)          Tommy Gollot (Senate 50)            Philip Gunn (House 56)
Gail Giaramita (House 25)       Jack Gordon (Senate 8)
David Gibbs (House 36)          Janie Gregg (House 42)

H:    Back to top               John Helmert (House 13)             John Horhn (Senate 26)
E. Forrest Hamilton (House 6)   Billy Hewes (Senate 49)             Steve Horne (House 81)
Frank Hamilton (House 109)      Sandra Hill (Senate 22)             Bobby Howell (House 46)
Fred Hamilton (Senate 31)       Guyton Hinds (Senate 5)             Mac Huddleston (House 15)
Alice Harden (Senate 28)        John Hines (House 50)               Robert Huddleston (House 30)
Michael Hardin (Senate 25)      Steve Holland (House 16)            Billy Hudson (Senate 45)
Esther Harrison (House 41)      Gregory Holloway (House 76)
Ed Hatem (House 120)            Briggs Hopson (Senate 23)

I:   Back to top
Roger Ishee (House 118)

J:   Back to top                Sampson Jackson (Senate 32)         Brandon Jones (House 111)
Gary Jackson (Senate 15)        Michael W. Janus (House 117)        David Jordan (Senate 24)
Robert Jackson (Senate 11)      Wanda Jennings (House 7)
                                Robert L. Johnson, III (House 94)

K:    Back to top
Daniel Kilpatrick (House 87)    Tom King (Senate 44)                Dean Kirby (Senate 30)

L:    Back to top               Billy Lee (House 84)                Tim Lee (House 111)
Sherra H. Lane (House 86)       Ezell Lee (Senate 47)               Martin Lyles (House 69)
Kevin Lavine (House 73)         Perry Lee (Senate 35)


M:    Back to top               Warner McBride (House 10)           James E. Moffitt (Senate 4)
Bennett Malone (House 45)       Billy McCoy (House 3)               Haskins Montgomery (Senate 34)
Diane Malone (Senate 7)         Chris McDaniel (Senate 42)          Pat Montgomery (House 15)
Rita Martinson (House 58)       Kevin McGee (House 59)              Alex Monsour (House 54)
Jay W. Mathis (House 45)        Nolan Mettetal (Senate 10)          John Moore (House 60)
Jolly Matthews (House 102)      Walter Michel (Senate 25)           Kenny Moore (House 100)
D.W. Maxwell (House 92)         Chuck Middleton (House 85)          Ken Morgan (House 100)
Ted Mayhall (House 40)          Sam Mims (House 97)                 Harvey Moss (House 2)
John Mayo (House 25)            Bobby Moak (House 53)               David Myers (House 98)
Rick McAllister (House 55)      T. Moffitt (Senate 52).


N:    Back to top               David Norquist (House 28)           Alan Nunnelee (Senate 6)
Billy Nicholson (House 78)      Russ Nowell (House 43)
O:   Back to top
John Orman (House 2)             Ken Overstreet (Senate 46)

P:   Back to top                 James Patton (House 37)             Bill Pigott (House 99)
Steven Palazzo (House 116)       Jim Payne (House 12)                Eric Powell (Senate 4)
Wally Pang (House 10)            Diane Peranich (House 121)          Jimmy Puckett (House 20)
Deryk Parker (House 107)         Willie J. Perkins (House 32)        Ladd Pulliam (House 105)
Randall Patterson (House 115)    Danny Ray Petty (House 44)

R:   Back to top                 John Reeves (House 71)              Ray Rogers (House 61)
Eric Rawlings (Senate 23)        Tommy Reynolds (House 33)           Randal Rushing (House 78)
John Read (House 112)            Daryl W. Ricks (House 8)            Pete Rutland (Senate 34)
Dannie Reed (House 35)           Walter Robinson (House 63)
                                 Margaret Ellis Rogers (House 14)

S:   Back to top                 Cindy Hyde-Smith (Senate 39)        Mary Ann Stevens (House 48)
Omeria Scott (House 80)          Ferr Smith (House 27)               Bill Stone (Senate 2)
Bobby Shows (House 89)           Jeff Smith (House 39)               Rufus “Pete” Straughter (House 51)
Willie Simmons (Senate 13)       Greg Snowden (House 83)             Johnny Stringer (House 87)
Ashley Skellie (Senate 48)       Michael Stafford (House 17)         Preston Sullivan (House 22)
Bobby Ray Smith (House 82)       Gary Staples (House 88)

T:   Back to top                 Sara Richardson Thomas (House 31)   Shelly Turner (Senate 10)
Jenny Thomas (House 54)          Gray Tollison (Senate 9)            Jerry Turner (House 18)
Joseph C. Thomas (Senate 21)     Bennie Turner (Senate 16)

U:   Back to top
Jessica Upshaw (House 95)

V:   Back to top
Ray Vecchio (Senate 51)

W:    Back to top                Greg Ward (House 4)                 J.P. Wilemon (Senate 5)
Bryant Walker (Senate 19)        Joe Warren (House 90)               Gloria Williamson (Senate18)
Paul Walker (House 21)           Michael Watson (Senate 51)          Cory Wilson (House 66)
J. Shaun Walley (House 105)      Percy Watson (House 103)            Jim Wilson (Senate 52)
Shannon Walley (Senate 43)       John Weatherford (House 75)         Tommy Woods (House 52)
Johnnie Walls, Jr. (Senate 12)   Tom Weathersby (House 62)           Adrienne Wooten (House 71)
Giles Ward (Senate 18)           Richard White (Senate 29)
                                 Linda Whittington (House 34)


Y:   Back to top
Lee Yancey (Senate 20)           Charles Young (House 82)

Z:   Back to top
Henry Zuber (House 113)
                          Lieutenant Governor Candidates:
Phil Bryant (Contact: 601-968-8006)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
          I support the initiatives contained in The Quality Education Act of 2008. Particularly, full funding of MAEP,
required educational enhancements for school board members, and the appointment of superintendents are all priorities
contained within my Accountability Agenda released earlier this year.
          Additionally, I am for restoration of funds for teacher supplies, school building repairs, teacher pay increases, and
high school redesign. I am in agreement with and will support the early learning initiatives contained in the bill. I believe
efforts to address the needs of at-risk students are commendable although I can not endorse the findings of the
commission without first seeing them.
          While the goals of this legislation are commendable and I mostly agree with them, I believe in being totally honest.
I want education dollars to go to the classroom and I want education to be student centered. The taxpayers of Mississippi
will invest more in our schools if we produce a better student.
          Education is the best economic tool we have. Without world class education and the best students coming out of
our schools, industry will not continue to grow in Mississippi. Certainly the education of our young people is a top priority
and important to our state’s future.

Jamie Franks (Contact: 662.690.8947)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
As a graduate of the public schools in Mississippi, I personally know what a first class education means – it is the best
economic development tool we can give our children. I fully support these initiatives, and I will make education the first
priority of any session as Lt. Governor.
VOTES Back to top




                                   House of Representatives:
District 1: VOTES    Back to top
Lester “Bubba” Carpenter (Contact: 662.427.8281)
No response.

Ricky Cummings (Contact: 662.423.5833)
No response.

District 2: VOTES    Back to top
Harvey Moss (Contact: 662.287.4689)
No response.

John Orman (Contact: 662.287.7547)
No response.

District 3: VOTES    Back to top
William Tracy Arnold (Contact: 662.724.7301)
No response.

Billy McCoy (Contact: 662.728.6434)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Although I admire and support your initiative in principle, I’m not sure that it is best to try to accommodate all of these
issues in a single bill. Sometimes our opponents will use one part of the package as an excuse to vote against the entire
bill. My past record as Education Committee Chairman and Speaker should reflect that education is my top priority.
District 4: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Greg Ward (Contact: 662.837.4416)
No response.

District 5: VOTES    Back to top
Kelvin Buck (Contact: 662.291.0420)
No response.

James Richard Dunworth (Contact: 662.252.7552)
No, I will not support this initiative.
Nothing is more important than education. The problem is how to improve it. The public schools are burdened with
administrative costs, constantly shifting theories of how children learn, and court imposed restraints on the discipline and
the teaching of moral values. The system is broken and no amount of money can fix it from within. If the schools can be
saved, it will be through competition. I SUPPORT SCHOOL VOUCHERS.

District 6: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
E. Forrest Hamilton (Contact: 662.895.5765)
No response.

District 7: VOTESBack to top Unopposed
Wanda Jennings (Contact: 662.349.3673)
No response.

District 8: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Larry J. Baker (Contact: 662.562.6706)
No response.

District 9: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Clara Henderson Burnett (Contact: 662.363.1730)
No response.

District 10: VOTES    Back to top
Warner McBride (Contact: 662.563.9607)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
My only concern with this initiative is the one which will decrease the Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55%. I have taken
special notice of this issue and it appears to me that our communities will approve School Bond Issue at 60% when they
deem them necessary.

Wally Pang (Contact: 662.563.2368)
Undecided

District 11: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Joe Gardner (Contact: 662.563.7751)
No response.

District 12: VOTES    Back to top
Noal Akins (Contact: 662.236.2473)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
-At-Risk money must be itemized as to how it will be spent.
-I would also like to appropriate money for dyslexia and autism.
-I would reduce the bond passage rate if people other than homeowners and landowners would pay their fair share.
Jim Payne (Contact: 662.234.8846)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I would like to see the present testing include diagnostic aspects that might help teachers guide and improve their
instruction.

District 13: VOTES    Back to top
Jack Gadd (Contact: 662.333.7956)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
The Bond Passage Rate is the same % that we are held at, too. I would only consider that in regular state elections and
often I find that there is support for lowering this in my district.
Appointed Superintendents- not until I’m convinced the School Boards are all elected and are meeting higher standards.

John Helmert (Contact: 662.832.4777)
Undecided
I support, in isolation, almost all initiatives within your proposed legislation. I oppose reducing the passage rate for
bonding, and I oppose pre-kindergarten as a mandatory obligation. I would need to see the actual text before I could
firmly commit to support any of the provisions.

District 14: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Margaret Ellis Rogers (Contact: 662.534.8886)
No response.

District 15: VOTES    Back to top
Mac Huddleston (Contact: 662.489.5157)
No response.

Pat Montgomery (Contact: 662.489.7291)
No response.

District 16: VOTES    Back to top
J. Everette Dutschke (Contact: 662.620.9495)
No response.

Steve Holland (Contact: 662.844.2004)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 17: VOTES    Back to top
Brian Aldridge (Contact: 662.842.0401)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I only wish dyslexia was included. This organization could make the difference in its future!

Michael Stafford (Contact: 662.767.3441)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
That’s my #1 goal, to vote to fully fund education. That’s every year and not just election year. Our children deserve the
best classrooms, materials, facilities, and teachers we can give them. If we want Mississippi to move forward, we have to
start with our children of tomorrow. Our teachers deserve the best too. I support every issue to the fullest. Our children
deserve the best. As state Rep. you can count on my vote every year.

District 18: VOTES    Back to top
Lawrence Deas (Contact: 662.842.1090)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
         There has been a great deal of controversy over the last few years regarding state funding of public education,
particularly the resistance from some quarters to full funding of the MAEP, a law passed to make sure that every school in
the state, whether rural or urban, was provided with enough funding to keep the lights on, pay their teachers, and provide
a sound, basic education to its students.
         I support complying with the law and fully funding MAEP. I also believe we should increase education funding
beyond that benchmark whenever permitted by state finances. Mississippi ranks near last in the nation in every measure
of dollars spent per student. With that record, it is difficult to accept the argument, often heard in Jackson, that we are
spending too much on our education system. Mississippi's children deserve better support than that from their leaders,
and I'm determined to see that we give it to them.
         Providing a quality education to every child should be among the highest priorities of State Government. It is the
one investment we can make in our future that is certain to pay us back many times over. In Jackson, I will fight to see
that our schools have the funds necessary to prepare our students for success.

Jerry Turner (Contact: 662.365.5135)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I support this but strongly urge consideration of my notes under sections.
-Decreasing Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55%: I will not support this section and feel that 60% of taxpayers should always
make this funding available.
-Additional Funding for At-Risk Students: I think it is imperative that we do a comprehensive study an at-risk and proposed
funding.

District 19: VOTES    Back to top
Randy Boyd (Contact: 662.282.4045)
No response.

Mark DuVall (Contact: 662.282.7535)
No response.

District 20: VOTES    Back to top
Chris Brown (Contact: 662.369.4515)
No response.

Jimmy Puckett (Contact: 662.256.9423)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I have reservations about all appointed superintendents. During my 29-year teaching career our superintendent was
appointed and the system worked well most of the time. Recently, the district’s performance on state tests has been poor.
Voters feel helpless as the district declines.

District 21: VOTES    Back to top
Donnie Bell (Contact: 662.862.3385)
No response.

Paul Walker (Contact: 662.871.8189)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
We need to place as much funds as are available for our kids’ education. Toyota is going to demand a highly skilled
workforce in our area.

District 22: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Preston Sullivan (Contact: 601.456.5719)
No response.

District 23: VOTES    Back to top
Marshall Coleman (Contact: 662.628.8785)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Everything in this initiative is something that I have already fully endorsed in my campaign. There is one item in this
initiative that I hadn’t thought about but I am willing to support and that is the appointment of the superintendents of
education.

Jim Beckett (Contact: 662.983.7358)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
-I am undecided on the issue of decreasing the Bond Passage Rate. I will consider this.
-I can’t commit to supporting the at-risk funding until I see the amount requested and make sure we have the necessary
funds.
-I do support the other initiatives.

District 24: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Sidney Bondurant (Contact: 662.226.5121)
No response.

District 25: VOTES    Back to top
Gail Giaramita (Contact: 662.429.8907)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
-Appointed Superintendents, undecided
-Pilot Pre-Kindergarten programs, no
I am a registered nurse, and I certainly value and would support education. My biggest concern is that America is
heading in the wrong direction. Prayer was removed from public schools in 1962. Scripture reading was removed from
public schools in 1963. The Ten Commandments were removed from public places in 1980. My platform addresses the
need of restoring our Christian rights. Politicians need to be more concerned about the next generation, than the next
election. If this restoration does not occur, our children and future generations will be in serious trouble. Christian and
conservative values are being torn down and shoved aside in favor of a tolerance for anything, anything except Christian
and conservative values. Better schools, without Christian principles, will not produce a brighter future. I am committed to
being more concerned about the next generation than the next election. I am committed to bringing God back to public
schools so that our children will have a brighter future.

John Mayo (Contact: 662.624.4706)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
   1. I will introduce the bills.
   2. I want increased pay for highly effective teachers who agree to teach in low performing schools.

District 26: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Chuck Espy (Contact: 662.627.1992)
No response.

District 27: VOTES    Back to top
Ricky Gill (Contact: 662.673.1301)
No response.

Ferr Smith (Contact: 601.267.9510)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
MAE gave me a score of 100 for my support for public education. Since I am not a member of the House Education
Committee, I can only vote for or against an education bill that comes to the floor. I have supported fully funding of
adequate education. I also support more funding for at-risk programs and to continue to improve our teachers’ salaries.
Education is priority.

District 28: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
David Norquist (Contact: 662.843.9183)
No response.
District 29: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Linda F. Coleman (Contact: 662.741.3272)
No response.

District 30: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Robert Huddleston (Contact: 662.375.8444)
No response.

District 31: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Sara Richardson Thomas (Contact: 662.887.2628)
No response.

District 32: VOTES     Back to top Unopposed
Willie J. Perkins (Contact: 662.453.4048)
No response.

District 33: VOTESBack to top Unopposed
Tommy Reynolds (Contact: 662.473.2571)
No response.

District 34: VOTES     Back to top
Marvin Cochran (Contact: 662.820.1418)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

Linda Whittington (Contact: 662.658.1241)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I am firmly behind Superintendent Hank Bound’s vision to redesign education in Mississippi. He openly acknowledged the
problems we face and provided solutions. I believe that funding education in Mississippi is the number 1 priority. It is the
key to breaking the cycle of poverty here in the Delta.

District 35: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Dannie Reed (Contact: 662.285.3769)
No response.

District 36: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
David Gibbs (Contact: 662.494.6559)
No response.

District 37: VOTES     Back to top
Gary Chism (Contact: 662.386.6619)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Except decreasing Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55%: We need to retain the super majority of 60% anytime you raise
taxes, just like in the legislature.

James Patton (Contact: 662.323.1524)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I cannot say enough about fully funding public education and providing quality education to our children. The incredibly
critical key to our future is education. If elected I will be as strong of an advocate for quality education as you will find in
Jackson. Notice the simple priorities I have chosen for my push cards.

District 38: VOTES     Back to top Unopposed
Tyrone Ellis (Contact: 662.323.6564)
No response.

District 39: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Jeff Smith (Contact: 662.327.0407)
No response.

District 40: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Ted Mayhall (Contact: 662.393.2069)
No response.

District 41: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Esther Harrison (Contact: 662.327.5294)
No response.

District 42: VOTES     Back to top
Reecy Dickson (Contact: 662.726.4358)
No response.

Janie Gregg (Contact: 662.793.4312)
No response.

District 43: VOTES    Back to top
James Gale Gregory (Contact: 662.773.2817)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I do not support unconditional funds for at risk. As an educator for 38 years and an administrator for 22 of those years, I
want stronger guidelines for use of funds and better accounting. I have mixed emotions about Pre-K and think we should
work to strengthen families.

Russ Nowell (Contact: 662.773.4702)
No response.

District 44: VOTES     Back to top
C. Scott Bounds (Contact: 601.656.5541)
Yes, I will support this initiative 85% to 90%.
    1. Full funding of MAEP – Have always supported and will continue to support. Some members of the Legislative
        Budget Committee should quit playing political games with the most important issue in the state. They should
        bring the legislature a budget blueprint, and allow for full debate on this issue.
    2. Educational Enhancements for School Board Members – Support.
    3. Appointed Superintendents – Tough question for my district. The Municipal district, which appoints, has had good
        and bad superintendents. The County district is currently Level 5 and Level 4 and are consistent with these
        achievements, which indicates to me someone is doing their job and doing it well. I would have to examine
        proposed legislation and not simply an initiative before making a determination on this issue.
    4. Restoration of Diverted Funds – Fully support and will go further. If elected, I will research and possibly propose
        legislation that will direct a certain percentage of state funds which are diverted to the school districts be set aside
        specifically and unequivocally for EEF monies and that these percentages shall remain intact and in direct
        proportion with increases in state funding.
    5. Public School Building Funds – Fully support if safeguards are in place which will direct these resources fully to
        repairs and renovations and not bureaucratic administrations
    6. Teacher Pay Increase – Support this initiative.
    7. Decreasing Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55% - Do not support. This should be left at 60%.
    8. Additional Funding for At-Risk students – Will support to certain level. To me, that level would be determined by
        what can reasonably be expected by the budget demand, which hopefully the Legislative Budget Committee will
        propose soon. Certainly whatever the study commission proposes will be more to examine and study than was
        just a dollar figure pulled out of the air in the 2007 season.
    9. Pilot Pre-Kindergarten Programs – Support and should be totally under the auspices of the MS Department of
        Education. In addition, the Dept. should be required to manage and oversee these programs w/o additional
        overhead in personnel.
    10. Continued Funding for High School Redesign – Support fully and think this is one of the best educational
        initiatives to come along in a very long time. Dr. Bounds and his staff should be commended. I am in an
        occupation that sees the tragedy of dropouts each and every day (more like 40-50%, and not 25%).

Danny Ray Petty (Contact: 601.656.3898)
Undecided
Even though I agree with The Quality Education Act of 2008, I believe that if the superintendent is appointed the school
board should be elected.

District 45: VOTES      Back to top
Bennett Malone (Contact: 601.267.7295)
Yes, I will support this initiative (Strongly!).
I think this proposal is right on target and I strongly will support it. In fact I would like to be a co-author of the bill.

Jay W. Mathis (Contact: 601.267.0584)
No response.

District 46: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Bobby Howell (Contact: 662.262.7171)
No response.

District 47: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Bryant Clark (Contact: 662.934.4074)
No response.

District 48: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Mary Ann Stevens (Contact: 662.967.2473)
No response.

District 49: VOTES     Back to top Unopposed
Willie Bailey (Contact: 662.335.8310)
No response.

District 50: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
John Hines (Contact: 662.822.0476)
No response.

District 51: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Rufus “Pete” Straughter (Contact: 662.247.2728)
No response.

District 52: VOTES
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Tommy Woods (Contact: 662.838.6201)
No response.

District 53: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Bobby Moak (Contact: 1.800.595.6244)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
However, appointed superintendents is not an issue I have supported particularly when boards are also appointed. I have
neither supported the Bond Passage Rate, especially in rural counties where only an average of 33% is taxed on property
and business due to the bond. I’ve always believed the state needs to step up.

District 54: VOTES    Back to top
Alex Monsour (Contact: 601.631.0271)
No response.

Jenny Thomas (Contact: 601.619.9990)
No response.

District 55: VOTES    Back to top
George Flaggs (Contact: 601.942.0492)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I will and have always supported quality education. I believe that the “Quality Education Act of 2008” is the right step for
Mississippi.

Rick McAllister (Contact: 601.636.9311)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I will support current legislation to fully fund education. Better schools and a brighter future can come to Mississippi!

District 56: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Philip Gunn (Contact: 601.924.8438)
No response.

District 57: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Edward Blackmon, Jr. (Contact: 601.859.1567)
No response.

District 58: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Rita Martinson (Contact: 601.856.4977)
No response.

District 59: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Kevin McGee (Contact: 601.829.9701)
No response.

District 60: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
John Moore (Contact: 601.825.5031)
No response.

District 61: VOTES    Back to top
Ponto R. Downing (Contact: 601.373.3638)
No response.

Ray Rogers (Contact: 601.939.9633)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I have been a member of the legislature for 24 years and have always been a strong supporter of education. My position
will always be to support education and the requests by the Department of Education.

District 62: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Tom Weathersby (Contact: 601.845.2017)
No response.

District 63: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Walter Robinson (Contact: 601.866.7973)
No response.

District 64: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Bill Denny (Contact: 601.956.6807)
No response.

District 65: VOTES     Back to top Unopposed
Mary H. Coleman (Contact: 601.982.0496)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I fully support the Quality Education Act of 2008.

District 66: VOTES    Back to top
Cecil Brown (Contact: 601.362.8383)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
As Nancy and I have discussed, the details will be very important on some of these.

Cory Wilson (Contact: 601.366.0783)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
While I cannot commit to vote for legislation before it is before me, I applaud the efforts of The Parents’ Campaign to
improve education in Mississippi. I support full funding of MAEP, and I support appointed superintendents. I also support
high school redesign and innovation at all levels. The keys are funding priorities and insisting on results. I look forward to
working with The Parents’ Campaign to enhance our kids’ education.

District 67: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Earle S. Banks (Contact: 601.355.5574)
No response.

District 68: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Credell Calhoun (Contact: 601.949.7561)
No response.

District 69: VOTES    Back to top
Alyce Clarke (Contact: 601.354.5453)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.

Martin Lyles (Contact: 601.376.0566)
No response.

District 70: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
James Evans (Contact: 601.353.7464)
No response.

District 71: VOTES    Back to top
John Reeves (Contact: 601.355.9600)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
        For 24 years as a member of the House of Representatives I have supported public education. I've earned the
endorsement of the Mississippi Association of Educators. I believe that providing children a good education is the surest
way for them to reach their full potential in life. We as leaders must never lose sight of that.
        Everything we do, every policy we adopt, should be done with the perspective of its impact on public education.
No matter how rich or poor, no matter the race, every child is entitled to a good education and I remain committed to
making Mississippi's education system the best it can possibly be.

Adrienne Wooten (Contact: 601.502.2444)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I support the initiative 100%. I believe that an educated citizenry will lead to enhanced opportunities for all our citizens. If
we invest in education today, we will reap dividends tomorrow. If the initiative is introduced as outlined, and substantive
changes are not added, either in committee, on the floor, or in conference, which would change, alter, or amend the
initiative as introduced, then I shall support the same throughout the process.

District 72: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Kimberly Campbell (Contact: 601.622.7880)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 73: VOTES     Back to top
Jim Ellington (Contact: 601.857.0906)
No response.

Kevin Lavine (Contact: 601.914.4842)
No response.

District 74: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Mark Baker (Contact: 601.824.3297)
No response.

District 75: VOTES     Back to top
Tracy Arinder (Contact: 601.732.6561)
Yes, I will support this initiative and already have (check my record).
The county I reside in has both an elected and an appointed superintendent of education. The separate school system
has an appointed superintendent and the county system has an elected superintendent. This seems to work for the
county I live in. During the next legislative session if the topic comes up about across the board appointed
superintendents, I will weigh the pros and cons about appointing superintendents. Some say you don’t take the politics
out of schools by appointing superintendents but you are still working with politics because the school board is elected,
and you will get who they want.

John Weatherford (Contact: 601.469.2484)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Our schools must be funded 100%. Our school board members must be fully trained and prepared. I strongly stand
behind the principle that all superintendents need to be appointed. Our school buildings are becoming out of date and are
in need of repair. Teachers are very important and deserve the best pay. While at Ole Miss I helped a lot with a Pre-K
class for the handicapped. More money and resources must go to these programs.

District 76: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Gregory Holloway (Contact: 601.894.4228)
No response.

District 77: VOTES     Back to top
Dale Berry (Contact: 601.849.2708)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I am a former teacher therefore education is one of my top priorities. I believe teachers are still underpaid, but I have
concerns about wasteful spending in central offices. For example, Bolivar County has five separate school districts.

Andy Gipson (Contact: 601.847.0417).
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Education has been one of my focal points since I began campaigning in March. Since that time I have had the
opportunity to speak with numerous parents, teachers, and administrators in my district regarding the need for
improvements to our educational system. I believe our people overall support the concepts outlined in the Quality
Education Act of 2008 as they apply to improving the quality of education in the classroom, and therefore I would support
this Act. At the same time, our people want to keep the taxes low, so we must always make sure we spend our tax dollars
carefully and in a more targeted manner. As I have stated since my campaign began, I support taking a completely fresh
look at education policy to make sure we are expending our resources in the most effective ways. I will not support the
expansion of administrative bureaucracy, but I will support our students and teachers where it matters most – in the
classroom.

District 78: VOTES    Back to top
Billy Nicholson (Contact: 601.774.5220)
No response.

Randal Rushing (Contact: 601.917.9504)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I will fully support legislation improving our educational system and the people who run it. I pledge to do my part in this
important initiative.

District 79: VOTES    Back to top
Bill Allen (Contact: 601.733.9968)
No response.

Blaine Eaton (Contact: 601.785.4662)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 80: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Omeria Scott (Contact: 601.649.7677)
No response.

District 81: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Steve Horne (Contact: 601.644.9974)
No response.

District 82: VOTES    Back to top
Bobby Ray Smith (Contact: 601.483.7305)
No response.

Charles Young (Contact: 601.693.1961)
No response.

District 83: VOTESBack to top Unopposed
Greg Snowden (Contact: 601.483.8809)
No response.

District 84: VOTES    Back to top
David “Tad” Campbell (Contact: 601.737.4211)
No response.
Billy Lee (Contact: 601.659.3396)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I will support the entire education bill.

District 85: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Chuck Middleton (Contact: 601.930.7360)
No response.

District 86: VOTES     Back to top
Albert Busby (Contact: 601.735.3153)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I must support this act. Two reasons:
1. The superintendents should be appointed by the school board members because this will take politics and all that goes
with getting elected out of the process. Better schools means our children will win.
2. The school board members need more training to facilitate our school systems.

Sherra H. Lane (Contact: 601.735.3706)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
With the exception of appointed superintendents. Having been a school social worker for two years and a teacher for nine
years, I feel that I have quite a bit of experience working for and with superintendents. (My mother was a public school
teacher for 32 years.) I believe that there are enough quality people in education to elect someone from the local
community-one who knows the mores of the individual community and will probably spend his or her life with the people
the superintendent serves.

District 87: VOTES     Back to top
Daniel Kilpatrick (Contact: 601.764.2322)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
151 districts is a waste of money. I do not favor lowering the 60% requirement to borrow money! Stop saddling the back
of the next generation with debt. We must stop teaching the test. I’m talking about a test that determines a school’s level
placement. 60% of the state budget goes into education, isn’t that enough?

Johnny Stringer (Contact: 601.739.3663)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I support all of the legislation except decreasing bond passage rate from 60% to 55%. I feel it is the responsibility of the
state of Mississippi to fund education out of the General Fund.

District 88: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Gary Staples (Contact: 601.649.4972)
No response.

District 89: VOTESBack to top Unopposed
Bobby Shows (Contact: 601.477.9225)
No response.

District 90: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Joe Warren (Contact: 601.797.4702)
No response.

District 91: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Bob Evans (Contact: 601.587.0615)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
Except: am not sold on issue of appointed superintendents; am averse to taking vote away from citizens
District 92: VOTES    Back to top
Becky Currie (Contact: 601.833.5953)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I support public education because I am a graduate, my child and grandchildren are in public schools. I support this if the
money is there and there are no natural disasters such as Katrina. Our future is our children and looking at statistics, we
are failing.

D.W. Maxwell (Contact: 601.833.1323)
No response.

District 93: VOTES    Back to top
John Thomas Cripps (Contact: 601.928.9063)
No response.

Dirk Dedeaux (Contact: 228.255.6171)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I support fully funding MAEP, teacher pay raises, restoring teacher supply and the building funds, additional funding for
At-Risk students, pilot Pre-Kindergarten programs, and continuing education for school board members. The other issues
I would like to do more research on.

District 94: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Robert L. Johnson, III (Contact: 601.442.9371)
No response.

District 95: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Jessica Upshaw (Contact: 228.255.6619)
No response.

District 96: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Angela Cockerham (Contact: 601.783.6600)
No response.

District 97: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Sam Mims (Contact: 228.255.6619)
No response.

District 98: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
David Myers (Contact: 601.684.1709)
No response.

District 99: VOTES    Back to top
Winston Fortenberry (Contact: 601.303.0160)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
          I am a strong supporter of public education. My father taught for 35 years, my sister for 25, and I have 3 nieces
teaching currently. I have been parent of the year for 3 years for the Tylertown Jr. High, Tylertown High School, and
Walthall County School District. My platform has been and will be to fund totally our MAEP at the beginning of each and
every legislative session.
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          We must redesign our education system for the 21 century work force. The program “No child Left Behind” is a
failure. Awarding high school diplomas only to students that can pass standardized tests and certificates of attendance to
all that stay in school but don’t pass the test is terrible. We are telling our students that if you are not going to be an
architect, engineer, doctor, lawyer, or some professional, you cannot graduate.
        The skilled workforce of technicians is what will attract industry to Mississippi. I want to see vo-tech education
and college preparatory education taught aggressively to students in each field. The students heading to college should
not be slowed down and the student heading to the workforce should not be made to feel inferior. We must have each. If
we only have architects and no skilled construction workers, we will live in caves, with walls covered in beautifully drawn
houses and blueprints.

Bill Pigott (Contact: 601.876.5100)
No response.

District 100: VOTES    Back to top
Kenny Moore (Contact: 601.736.3694)
No response.

Ken Morgan (Contact: 601.736.9688)
No response.

District 101: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Harvey Fillingane (Contact: 601.264.9866)
No response.

District 102: VOTES    Back to top
Toby Barker (Contact: 601.307.3802)
No response.

Jolly Matthews (Contact: 601.268.6987)
No response.

District 103: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Percy Watson (Contact: 601.545.1051)
No response.

District 104: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Larry Byrd (Contact: 601.544.1877)
No response.

District 105: VOTES    Back to top
Ladd Pulliam (Contact: 601.989.2049)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
        I completely support the educational enhancements for school board members. I feel that before any person
should be allowed to run a school system, they themselves should first have the educational background to make such
decisions.
        I do not completely agree with appointed superintendents, due to the fact that this takes away the people’s right to
determine who will run their school system.

J. Shaun Walley (Contact: 601.606.5603)
No response.

District 106: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Herb Frierson (Contact: 601.795.1675)
No response.

District 107: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Deryk Parker (Contact: 601.947.7594)
No response.

District 108: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Mark Formby (Contact: 601.798.8917)
No response.

District 109: VOTES    Back to top
Joe Biggs, Sr. (Contact: 228.475.9938)
No response.

Frank Hamilton (Contact: 228.588.6254)
Undecided
I hope the State Budget will help me support this.

District 110: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Billy Broomfield (Contact: 228.475.1293)
No response.

District 111: VOTES    Back to top
Brandon Jones (Contact: 228.769.1989)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I applaud The Parents’ Campaign for its support of the Quality Education Act of 2008. Theses initiatives form a
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comprehensive and effective strategy for bringing Mississippi public education into the 21 century.

Tim Lee (Contact: 228.762.0053)
No response.

District 112: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
John Read (Contact: 228.497.9852)
No response.

District 113: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Henry Zuber (Contact: 228.875.4866)
No response.

District 114: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Danny Guice, Jr. (Contact: 228.872.2455)
No response.

District 115: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Randall Patterson (Contact: 228.348.2170)
No response.

District 116: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Steven Palazzo (Contact: 228.396.8800)
Undecided
There are some very good parts that I can fully support and others that need more review.

District 117: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Michael W. Janus (Contact: 228.388.5686)
No response.
District 118: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Roger Ishee (Contact: 228.864.4975)
No response.

District 119: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Francis Fredericks (Contact: 228.864.9319)
No response.

District 120: VOTES     Back to top
Richard Bennett (Contact: 228.863.6483)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
-Wife is a teacher.
-Mother was a teacher.
-Father was superintendent.
-I was a school board member for 5 years.

Ed Hatem (Contact: 228.214.9886)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
The Quality Education Act of 2008 is a start in the right direction. For Mississippi to advance, education must be a true
priority. Our mindset must change if we are going to make real progress. For example; the MAEP is a case in point;
Mississippi Adequate Education Program? In a State named at the bottom of every positive National listing, adequate is
surely not enough to make a lasting change for the better. For too long education has been at the end of any list of
priorities set by our legislators. This must change now, dramatically, and with resolve that we must do better for our
children. I am committed to this cause!

District 121: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Diane Peranich (Contact: 228.255.7020)
No response.

District 122: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
J.P. Compretta (Contact: 228.467.7618)
Yes, I will support this initiative.


                                                     SENATE
District 1: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Doug Davis (Contact: 662.449.4116)
No response.

District 2: VOTES    Back to top
Ralph Doxey (Contact: 662.252.4423)
No response.

Bill Stone (Contact: 662.224.3949)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 3: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Nickey Browning (Contact: 662.489.5979)
No response.

District 4: VOTES    Back to top
James E. Moffitt (Contact: 662.287.9943)
No response.

Eric Powell (Contact: 662.286.9953)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 5: VOTES    Back to top
Guyton Hinds (Contact: 662.282.4272)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
The only individual issue I am concerned about within the Act is Decreasing Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55%. I feel
if the Bond Issue is important enough and has merit then 60% is sufficient.

J.P. Wilemon (Contact: 601.454.7585)
No response.

District 6: VOTES    Back to top
Jonny Davis (Contact: 662.871.9223)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
          Understanding that education is the foundation of a successful society, I will consistently promote and support
education in Mississippi. I will vote every year to provide a quality education to all children. It is time to send legislators to
Jackson who will fight for our children every year, not just give lip service in election years. Education is the number one
priority in our state and should be treated as such.
          The Quality Education Act of 2008 is a first step in the right direction. With proper funding, accountability, and
support from government, business, and the community we can achieve these goals.
          Mississippi can no longer afford to be the last in education among our national and global peers. We no longer
need excuses; we need solutions, and good legislation is crucial to success. If we are to truly improve this state, we must
improve our leadership in Jackson. Working together, we can make a difference and offer a brighter future for our state.

Alan Nunnelee (Contact: 662.840.4049)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
While the points of the Quality Education Act of 2008 are presented in this survey as one bill, and Part II is the only
question in the survey, the issues are not that simple. If the provisions were taken up as one single bill, that bill would be
in violation of our state’s constitution. Since I have taken an oath to support the constitution, I must answer each question
individually rather than as a single package.
-I support full funding of MAEP.
-Educational Enhancements for School Board Members: While I would resolve final judgment on this issue until I see how
this training is to be structured, who is providing the training, and what is the schedule, in general, I support additional
training for all public officials.
-Appointed superintendents: I have introduced this legislation for several years. In 2006, this bill (SB 2119) passed the
Senate and died in the House. For the reasons outlined, I support this position.
-Restoration of Diverted Funds: I’m not sure that I agree with the basis for this stated that “districts have not had…” I feel
that money that has been spent on administration should be spent in the classroom. However, no teacher should be
without necessary supplies.
-Teacher Pay Increase: I support this measure.
-Decreasing Bond Passage Rate from 60% to 55%: I oppose this for several reasons. However, the primary reason is
that we have many people who have been taxed but do not vote in this election, thus, taxation without representation.
-Additional Funding for At-Risk Students: Until this proposal is released in December, I cannot agree to support or oppose
it.
-Pilot Pre-Kindergarten Programs: We need to continue our focus on Pre-K programs.
-Continued Funding for High School Redesign: I strongly support this measure.

District 7: VOTES    Back to top
Hob Bryan (Contact: 662.256.9989)
No response.

Diane Malone (Contact: 662.315.9585)
No response.

District 8: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Jack Gordon (Contact: 662.447.3117)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
I will support most of the initiatives.

District 9: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Gray Tollison (Contact: 662.234.8395)
No response.

District 10: VOTES   Back to top
Nolan Mettetal (Contact: 662.487.1512)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
I do support many components of this act like fully funding of MAEP and the teacher pay increase. However, I need
additional facts before committing to such an extensive proposal. Many thanks.

Shelly Turner (Contact: 662.578.3548)
No response.

District 11: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Robert Jackson (Contact: 662.326.3637)
No response.

District 12: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Johnnie Walls, Jr. (Contact: 662.332.4522)
No response.

District 13: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Willie Simmons (Contact: 662.846.7080)
No response.

District 14: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Lydia Chassaniol (Contact: 662.283.2355)
No response.

District 15: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Gary Jackson (Contact: 662.262.9273)
No response.

District 16: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Bennie Turner (Contact: 662.494.5061)
No response.

District 17: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Terry Brown (Contact: 662.329.3399)
No response.

District 18: VOTES   Back to top
Giles Ward (Contact: 662.773.8391)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
As a lifetime proponent and supporter of public education, I certainly support the initiatives contained herein. (The
appointed supt. issue is different since we have extremely successful districts with both elected and appointed
superintendents.) As a candidate who has not previously served in the legislature, I have some concerns about making
commitments to support specific bills without having had the opportunity to read their full text before voting. I think our
future depends on providing our children with the best possible education and providing a rewarding career opportunity for
qualified educators. I can assure you I will be found to be a strong proponent of public education while serving in the
Mississippi Senate.

Gloria Williamson (Contact: 601.656.7304)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 19: VOTES    Back to top
Merle Flowers (Contact: 662.536.3782)
Undecided
         Mississippi spends 63 % of the state general fund on one priority - our public schools. In the past four years, I
have voted to increase funding for K-12 by more than $500 million. In 2004, DeSoto County received only $69 million.
Under my leadership, DeSoto County Schools will receive over $122 million this year, an increase of over $54 million.
         A quality education begins with great teachers. Mississippi must provide competitive salaries to attract and retain
the best and brightest teachers. That’s why I voted to raise teacher pay by 19%. I voted for 8% pay raises in 2004 &
2005 and 3% in 2007.
         I voted to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) in 2007, and understand that it is
estimated to cost $11 million to fully fund MAEP in 2008-09, depending on the consumer price index basis calculation.
We must ensure that high-growth districts, like DeSoto County, are never short-changed again due to inequity of the
percentage requirement. The legislature should change the formula to guarantee that DeSoto County gets paid for every
student in the classroom.
         I have voted for changing the statute to mandate appointed superintendents several times in the Senate. I
believe appointed superintendents will provide school districts with a wider net with which to attract more candidates for
the job. I have also voted to consolidate school districts in an effort to improve efficiency and provide more accountability
for the taxpayers.
         We cannot be satisfied until every Mississippi child is in a successful school and a classroom where he or she can
learn the skills to compete in the global economy. The Public School Building Fund should be revamped and allocated
based on a pro-rata share based on student enrollment.
For more information about my education record, please log on to my website or contact me at 662.349.3983 or by email:
merle@merleflowers.com.

Bryant Walker (Contact: 662.393.4927)
No response.

District 20: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Lee Yancey (Contact: 601.919.1721)
No response.

District 21: VOTES Back to top Unopposed
Joseph C. Thomas (Contact: 662.746.7552)
No response.

District 22: VOTES    Back to top
Sandra Hill (Contact: 662.335.3276)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
        As a long time parent advocate for a child with autism, I am sensitive to the needs to children. I believe every child
would have a chance to succeed, if he or she had access to quality education. Full funding every year is the key!!! More
funding is needed for “at-risk” children!!

Eugene “Buck” Clarke (Contact: 662.827.5682)
Undecided
-Items in “Act” I fully support for the 2008 Legislative session: (1) Full funding of MAEP (2) Education enhancements for
school board members (3) Appointed superintendents (4) Continued funding for high school re-design
-Items in support of at a different funding level than proposed: (1) Teacher pay increase (2) Restoration of diverted funds
(3) Pilot Pre-K (4) Additional at-risk
-Item opposed to: Decreasing bond passage rate from 60% to 55%
          Thank you for your intense support of our schools. I am confident in the leadership of Dr. Hank Bounds and am
proud of the increased funding of our schools these past four years. The state’s economy is producing many job
opportunities to be filled by those graduating. It’s an exciting time.
          As you can see by my answers, I am not 100% behind every item on the Act. However, I do plan to work hard in
my campaign, win this election, and look forward to seeing you in January.

District 23: VOTES    Back to top
Briggs Hopson (Contact: 601.636.6565)
No response.

Eric Rawlings (Contact: 601.405.7232)
No response.

District 24: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
David Jordan (Contact: 601.453.5361)
No response.

District 25: VOTES    Back to top
Michael Hardin (Contact: 601.355.7961)
No response.

Walter Michel (Contact: 601.352.0757)
Undecided
I represent 2 school districts in my Senate district #25. I have spoken to both superintendents and some principals about
the Quality Education Act of 2008. Because of the difference in opinions from the people I represent, I will study the
specific bills on the subjects when voting on the legislation.

District 26: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
John Horhn (Contact: 601.362.1045)
No response.

District 27: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Hillman Frazier (Contact: 601.982.1871)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
The Quality Education Act of 2008 is a restatement of the positions that I have taken during my tenure in the Mississippi
Legislature.

District 28: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Alice Harden (Contact: 601.922.3426)
Yes, I will support this initiative.

District 29: VOTES    Back to top
David Blount (Contact: 601.948.3551)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I fully support the Quality Education Act of 2008. I will support the MAEP every year, not just in an election year. We
need senators who will work passionately for education, not reluctantly.
Richard White (Contact: 601.373.2827)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
I am a supporter of public education issues. I will commit to vote for fully funding the MAEP formula for FY ’09. I will
consider other issues based upon other factors - revenue projections, debate and input with Senate colleagues, and
information provided by MDE and other education entities.

District 30: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Dean Kirby (Contact: 601.932.1966)
No response.

District 31: VOTES    Back to top
Fred Hamilton (Contact: 601.562.3034)
No response.

Terry C. Burton (Contact: 601.683.7050)
No response.

District 32: VOTESBack to top Unopposed
Sampson Jackson (Contact: 601.677.2305)
No response.

District 33: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Videt Carmichael (Contact: 601.693.2750)
No response.

District 34: VOTES    Back to top
Haskins Montgomery (Contact: 601.764.3068)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
-Wife a public school teacher
-Daughter a public school teacher
-I serve as Board of Trustee for Jones County Junior College.
-I have worked on many business and education committees.

Pete Rutland (Contact: 601.797.4319)
Undecided
         I am in favor of improving education. I believe that there is a better way to improve our education system in all
areas. My wife taught in the public school system before having to come home due to problems with arthritis. We have
been in constant contact with educators in our district discussing educational issues. Improving education in our district is
of the utmost importance to me. I have two daughters that are receiving educations in Mississippi. I want them and other
students to have the very best that our state can offer.
         I believe that the Quality Education Act of 2008, like all acts, has good points as well as bad points. I am not an
incumbent, therefore I would like to reserve the right to study this bill in depth, in order that I can make sure that it can and
will provide the best education that our state can give our children as well as adults seeking to further their education. I
want to visit the schools and talk not only with the administrators but the parents, the students, and the teachers. I want to
know what they need to improve education, and I want the opportunity to find a way that our state can pay for these needs
without burdening the taxpayers with more taxes. I believe there is a way to meet all needs if given time to look at the
whole picture.
         I did not mark undecided because I am not in favor of improving education, but because I want the best for all and
the only way I can give that is to know all the facts about how to improve education and a way to finance it.

District 35: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Perry Lee (Contact: 601.847.1178)
No response.
District 36: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Vincent Davis (Contact: 601.786.8309)
No response.

District 37: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Bob Dearing (Contact: 601.442.0486)
No response.

District 38: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Kelvin Butler (Contact: 601.783.2706)
No response.

District 39: VOTES    Back to top
Edwin Case (Contact: 601.833.6694)
Undecided
         You have asked me to make a decision based on the narrow information given on the Quality Education Act of
2008 which I cannot do not knowing the broader specifics and as such will try to give you the gist of my feeling of the
needs of education in Mississippi.
         Since I was much younger the answer of those running for office has been to fix education. This fix has always
been to dump more money into the solution so that at present our gauge of education is the amount spent per child to
educate them. My solution I think is very simple and the only way to get education back into the schools. We need to hire
teachers and fire them the same as any business would do to survive. If the teacher isn’t meeting the goals set forth they
need to be dismissed and continue until the good qualified teachers in the classrooms and with these we should pay a
good salary with infinitives given for them to improve their skills in teaching with bonuses given to those who excel. The
administrative overhead of deadheads should be trimmed with these monies going to educating the children. There is no
need of a principal, assistant principal, and vice principal in one school. If a person wants to be principal and is qualified,
do the job or let someone that will. Parents should be responsible as much as or more so than the teacher. The parents
had the child and are the primary caretaker.
         We need to restore our schools to schools of academics instead of sports. If a child wants to be involved in
sports he should have to maintain an average of “B” or better. As the system exists, children are using the schools as a
stepping stone of trying to get a pro ball contract. Our colleges give eighty full scholarships each year in football. At least
that many more should be given to children going into fields of science, math, medicine, and other fields. We complain of
jobs being farmed out to foreign countries and businesses bringing foreigners into the county on visas and hire other
countries to do certain jobs as they can’t fill these jobs with qualified people. At present our schools are turning out the
best athletes world wide because that is where our priorities are. When we will pay a coach roughly a million dollars
compared to an academic teacher forty to sixty thousand, there is no question as to where priorities lie. Only those items
that are required by the school should be furnished, such as test books and work books. Pencils, paper and items that
are necessity should be provided by the parents. If one can walk around with a cell phone and i-pod, tax payers shouldn’t
have to provide these items.
         I am for a streamlined educational system with the monies going strictly to the education of a child with no frills
and fringe benefits. All these should be provided by the parents or those heading up such programs.
         One of the items in the Act is for funds for those prior to grade schools. We as a country need to decide at what
age we are going to start the education of our children. Knowing that a child’s learning ability is at a younger age; should
we take the child from the mother at birth and educate them until they reach their teens where we know from experience
they start acting crazy, or should we start them at an age in kindergarten and have the same system provided to all
children in the state. To provide special schools or classes for a special group is furthering the argument that some
people need special help because they don’t have the mental capacity of others which is derogatory towards those we
say need special help. With school systems open to all our children as has been for about the last forty years, there is no
need for such unless we are arguing the former.
         Board members should be required to get an education at their own expense if having a desire to be a board
member. He or she should be required to know the school system, its needs, have planning experience with cost analysis
instead of like some of our elected officials handling millions of tax dollars and not capable of passing a fifth grade math
test.
         The education of our children would bring jobs into the state without having to spend millions of tax dollars as we
are doing but I don’t think our politicians or the public is serious about doing so at the present. I received an email from a
friend with an attachment of a test given to a class back when children only got an eighth grade education. The test was
about three hours long and after looking at it I will assure you that I nor probably not even five percent of the graduating
class of the University of Southern Mississippi which I graduated with could pass the test. Back then they were serious
about education. I hope someday, we will be again.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (Contact: 601.538.3322)
No response.

District 40: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Sidney Albritton (Contact: 601.749.0093)
No response.

District 41: VOTES    Back to top
Gerald Buffington (Contact: 601.765.4364)
No response.

Joey Fillingane (Contact: 601.271.2070)
No response.

District 42: VOTES    Back to top
Martin Beech (Contact: 601.477.8510)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
1) Elected vs. appointed superintendents; The situation in my area seems to have been satisfactory, however, if my
constituents voiced discontent with the present method of selection, I would respond to a petition (or other consensus
developing instrument) and attempt to support the desires of the citizenry, as determined by their demonstrated intent.
2) At-risk students funding; I support funding for this special group, because I believe we have a moral obligation to those
less fortunate as well as the exceptional students, to offer the educational opportunities to allow maximum achievement.
3) Funding for public education: It is my opinion that funding for education should be our number one priority, because the
entire future of our civilization is dependent upon education of all of our citizens. Strong, effective public education is our
most valuable asset as a society.

Chris McDaniel (Contact: 601.428.0541)
No response.

District 43: VOTES    Back to top
Tommy Dickerson (Contact: 601.735.2773)
No response.

Shannon Walley (Contact: 601.606.5437)
No response.

District 44: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Tom King (Contact: 601.582.3617)
No response.

District 45: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Billy Hudson (Contact: 601.794.5559).
No response.

District 46: VOTES    Back to top
David Baria (Contact: 228.466.0815)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
I have a problem with changing the status of superintendents from elected to appointed offices. I would want to explore
that portion of the legislation before I can commit to it.

Ken Overstreet (Contact: 228.342.0076)
Declined to select among: Yes, I will support this initiative, No, I will not support this initiative, or Undecided.
I am in support of the Mississippi Adequate Education Act (MAEA).
I am not in support of any expansion of the MAEA.
I am not in support of anything that would raise taxes.

District 47: VOTES    Back to top Unopposed
Ezell Lee (Contact: 601.798.5270)
No response.

District 48: VOTES    Back to top
Deborah Dawkins (Contact: 228.452.3868)
No response.

Ashley Skellie (Contact: 228.596.9855)
Undecided
I support 60% of your positions. The rest I would need more information to fully support. As a past teacher, all positions
are extremely important to education in Mississippi. I look forward to researching these efforts.

District 49: VOTES   Back to top Unopposed
Billy Hewes (Contact: 228.832.6731)
No response.

District 50: VOTES  Back to top Unopposed
Tommy Gollott (Contact: 601.374.1431)
No response.

District 51: VOTES    Back to top
Ray Vecchio (Contact: 228.826.5455)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
         I reviewed the proposals of the Quality Education Act of 2008. The task to have “all” proposals approved by both
MS bodies (Senate & House) will no doubt be opposed, as has been the case in the past, by sundry MS organizations &
individuals who oppose public education changes.
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         MS Public Educational attempts to move us into the 21 century only began after the U.S. Supreme Court’s
landmark Brown Ruling ’54. The first real positive movement occurred during Governor William Winter’s timeframe. It
continued with Governors Bill Alain, Ray Mabus, & Ronnie Musgrove.
         The quest for world leadership, especially in world globalization era, is predicted, in large measure, on the
educational systems in all the foreign countries versus our own in the United States. MS can no longer compete unless
OUR MS CHILDREN are readily prepared, at a very early age, to meet the innovative technological demands.
         Foreign countries such as China, India, Japan, et al are continuously adopting & employing very aggressively
very effective myriad educational proposals. Mainly thousands of students come annually IAW student visas to the US,
attending our universities returning to their homes, taking with them positive educational, technological, & management
aspects to forge ahead.
         As key co-author & aggressive proponent of the Educational Revenue Enhancement Act, I along with others
labored under very difficult times to override Gov. Kirk Fordice’s veto concomitant with negative public statements.
         Since the Act became law, it is reported that there are 40% more educational funds specifically earmarked solely
for education. The 1 cent earmarked sales tax is used solely to create a 5 billion-dollar trust fund. In the Interim only
interest earned from instant earmarked trust fund can AUGMENT but NOT replace fiscal educational budgets.
         The EREA put in place a foundation for the Mississippi Adequate Education Act. When these two Acts are fully
funded & used in tandem, they can provide a sound financial basis to accomplish the proposals set forth in the ’08 Act.
         However, the total process to win a 60% vote in both houses will be formidable. The QEA ‘08’s diversified
proposals could pose problems. Its diversity may provide the basis for opponents to unite in their opposition. They will be
neutralized ONLY by the people desiring to continue with Gov. Winter’s [et al] Educational Innovative Vision.
         The QEA ’08 can become law and Ray Vecchio wishes to play a key role, once again, to accomplish the positive
educational attributes in QEA 2008. I am personally acquainted with Dr. Bounds. He is a true positive force for MS
educational advancement but he needs all of our support and our prayers.

Michael Watson (Contact: 228.623.2257)
Undecided
While I support 7 of the 10 parts of this initiative, the remaining 3 parts (bond passage rate, pilot pre-k programs, and
continued funding for high school redesign) are not necessary in my opinion.

District 52: VOTES    Back to top
T. Moffitt (Contact: 228.497.2237)
Undecided
My support for education over the past 12 years is a matter of record. I cannot say I will or will not support this Act as
stated before a full investigation and hearing are completed. This is approximately $120 million more than last year’s
largest Education Appropriation in history.

Jim Wilson (Contact: 228.872.8079)
Yes, I will support this initiative.
         Per the candidate information and statement of support please review my comments in support of the statement
as follows:
                  Education of all children is the highest of priorities. It seems to me that the Quality Education Act of 2008
is a step in the right direction. I attribute everything I am today to the quality education I received during my early years.
Without doubt I had parents who were well educated themselves and had a high regard for the importance of education.
                  One of the critical issues to be resolved is to make sure children are ready to learn when they enter
school which probably should start around age 5 and should not be voluntary. Those who are not ready to learn when
they start school will fall behind quickly and it will not be long before they become frustrated and on a track to becoming
dropouts as soon as the law allows.
                  That gets us to the role of educating parents in helping to make sure their children are ready to learn
when they enter school. That may require an education program for parents in teaching them how to prepare their
children. Obviously – easier said than done.
                  I have been practicing law in Mississippi for 35 years. I have long been a supporter of eliminating the
process of electing judges. I feel confident that the suggestion that school superintendents be appointed rather than
elected is for the same reason. Being electable has nothing to do with being competent to do what the job requires. On
the judicial side, too many elected judges are not competent to perform the duties the job requires and almost as
important is not having the judicial temperament to deal with the public. I believe the appointment process is probably a
better one subject, of course, to who is doing the appointing.

				
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