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Guest goes all in for Congress

On Thursday, January 18, Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, held an announcement event in Brandon for his campaign for the U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

Michael Guest is a lifelong conservative Republican who believes in limited government, traditional Mississippi values, free market economic principles of lower taxes and fewer regulations, protecting the right to life of the unborn, a strong national defense with full support of our men and women in the military, and keeping our 2nd Amendment gun rights and the other individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us by our Constitution.

At the event, Michael Guest stated, “For the last 22 years, I have fought to protect the people of Mississippi by dedicating my life to help keep our communities safe, and to see that they remain great places to live, worship and raise a family. As District Attorney for the people of Madison and Rankin Counties, I have worked with our men and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to protect our citizens from those who would prey upon others. I have worked to rid our streets of those who sell drugs to our children, and to see that violent offenders are held responsible for their actions.”

Since 2008, as District Attorney, Michael Guest and his office prosecuted 20,000 criminals, supported law enforcement agencies by providing them with more than $20 million dollars in money recovered from drug dealers, and successfully recovering more than $3.5 million dollars in the bad check unit to help local merchants and businesses.

“I’m asking for everyone’s vote because we need a strong, conservative Congressman to represent Mississippi who has a proven record of fighting for what’s right,” said Michael Guest. “Just like I’ve fought for you by prosecuting criminals in the courtroom and putting them in jail, I’m asking you to send me to Congress to fight for you and our state.”

Prior to becoming District Attorney in 2008, Michael Guest served 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting hundreds of cases and obtaining guilty verdicts against criminals charged with murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, sexual battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, house burglary, and drug sales.

“I pledge to you that if you send me to Congress, I will work every day to represent our interests and to fight against those who would erode our freedoms. I will fight to see that we remain the nation that Ronald Reagan referred to as a shining city on a hill, and that we will forever be one nation under God.”

Michael Guest has worked closely with the law enforcement community training state and local law enforcement officers. He served as an instructor for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

District Attorney Guest serves as President of the Foundation for Rankin County Public Schools and serves on the Boards of the State and Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers. As a member of the Brandon Baptist Church, Guest serves as a Sunday school teacher and as a deacon. Michael Guest is a Rankin County resident and a graduate of Brandon High School. He received a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and his law degree from The University of Mississippi. Guest is also a member of the Rankin County Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association. He is married to the former Haley Kennedy and they have two sons, Kennedy and Patton. For more information about Michael Guest, visit www.MichaelGuest.ms.

Source: Jackson Jambalaya

News Michael Guest announces run for congress

Earlier today Michael Guest announced in downtown Meridian that he is officially running for the U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

Guest is the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties, and prior to becoming the DA, he served 12 years as assistant district attorney.

“As a prosecutor, I have a history of fighting for what is right. A history of going into a courtroom to representing the people of the state of Mississippi who are victims of crime, and I hope that I can take that same approach when I go into the halls of congress and that I can fight for our state.” -Guest

The now Republican Congressional Candidate believes in limited government, traditional Mississippi values, a strong national defense, and 2nd Amendment gun rights. One of the main issues that he believes Mississippi faces in which he hopes to bring positive changes to, is the opioid crisis.

“The opioid problem: ya know, over the years as a prosecutor, I have seen various drugs come to the forefront; whether it be crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and now opioids. And with each of those drugs you have to take a unique approach to that. While we need to be very vigilant in law enforcement and we need to be out there enforcing our laws and arresting those individuals who are selling these drugs. We also need to be sure we have proper treatment facilities for those people who have an addiction issue.” -Guest

Since being district attorney, Guest and his office have prosecuted 20,000 criminals and have provided law enforcement agencies with more than 20 million dollars in money recovered from drug dealers. For more information on Michael Guest, visit www.michaelguest.ms.

Source: WGBC

Congressional candidate talks to voters in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The upcoming race to fill Rep. Gregg Harper’s congressional seat is starting to thicken. One of the candidates vying for the position made a stop by the Queen City Thursday to talk about his future plans.

Michael Guest is making the rounds through Mississippi right now, meeting constituents and talking voter issues. Guest is the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties. He hopes to put his law experience to work in Congress, tackling big issues in the state like infrastructure and opioid abuse.

“What I want to see is that Mississippi has a voice in Congress,” Guest says. “That Mississippi has someone that will fight for our interests. Someone, when they go to Washington, that will work with other republicans to see that Mississippi’s interests are put first.”

Two others have filed to run for the congressional seat: former Mississippi State University basketball star and Baptist Health System administrator Whit Hughes and Covington County businessman Perry Parker.

Rep. William Shirley of Quitman has also told Newscenter 11 he’s interested in running. All candidates so far are running as Republicans.

Gregg Harper announced earlier this month he would not be seeking re-election. Candidates’ filing deadline is March 1. Party primaries are June 5.

Source: WTOK

Michael Guest announces candidacy for Congress in Meridian

Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, was in Meridian Thursday to announce his candidacy for Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, the post held by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), who is not seeking re-election.

Guest, 47, a Republican, said in his speech that he is a proponent of limited government, traditional Mississippi values, lower taxes, fewer regulations, the right to life, a strong national defense and the Second Amendment.

“… In short, I have dedicated my life to protecting our communities and see that they remain great places to live and worship and to raise a family,” Guest said.

According to a press release, Guest has served as DA since 2008. In that time, he has prosecuted 20,000 criminals and provided law enforcement with more than $20 million dollars in recovered drug money. Prior to 2008, Guest was an assistant district attorney for 12 years, prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases.

“I’m asking for everyone’s vote because we need a strong, conservative Congressman to represent Mississippi who has a proven record of fighting for what’s right,” Guest said in the release.

Guest filed to run on Jan. 5, the Friday after Harper announced he was not running for re-election.

“What I’m hoping to do is transition my time in the courtroom fighting for victims of crime into the halls of Congress and fight for Mississippi’s interest in Washington D.C.,” Guest said on Jan. 5.

Whit Hughes of Madison and Perry Parker of Seminary, both Republicans, have also filed to run for Harper’s seat.

With a qualifying deadline of March 1, party primaries are June 5, and the general election is Nov. 6.

Source: The Meridian Star

D.A. Michael Guest kicks off campaign for Congress

Guest is 1 of 3 Republicans seeking a seat in District 3

District Attorney Michael Guest, who represents Madison and Rankin counties, officially kicked off his campaign to claim the soon-to-be empty seat in Congress.

Three Republicans have now qualified to run for the congressional seat in Mississippi being left open by Republican Rep. Gregg Harper, who announced Jan. 4 that he won’t seek a sixth two-year term.

“Once Congressman’s Harper’s seat became open, this is something that has been on my heart for a number of years. I believe I have what it takes and that I can take the fight I’ve been able to give the people of Mississippi in the courtroom and I can take that to the halls of Congress and that we can make a difference,” Guest said.

Guest said he plans to continue to work as the district attorney, but will step down if elected.

Whit Hughes, of Madison, filed qualifying papers Wednesday to run as a Republican in the 3rd District.

Hughes, a former Baptist Health system administrator, said he’s running for Congress to fight for conservative values protecting life and the Second Amendment.

Hughes was a member of the MSU basketball team in 1996 when the Bulldogs advanced to the Final Four.

“I learned a lot from those experiences about how to compete. How to compete in a team environment and the kind of things it takes in life to be successful personally and professionally. Politics is a contact sport just like SEC basketball so I look forward to get out on the campaign trail hitting every corner of this district,” Hughes said.

Perry Parker, of Seminary, also filed qualifying papers Wednesday to run in the 3rd District.

Parker owned and operated Sanford Investment Company since 1994 working with financial market investment portfolios.

Candidates’ filing deadline is March 1. Party primaries are June 5.

 

Source: WAPT

DA Michael Guest formally announces run for U.S. Congress

Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, held an announcement event in Brandon for his campaign for the U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

The official announcement came after current U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper announced that he would not seek re-election.

Guest who has been District Attorney since 2008 says he wants only the best for Mississippi.

“For the last 22 years, I have fought to protect the people of Mississippi by dedicating my life to help keep our communities safe, and to see that they remain great places to live, worship and raise a family,” said Guest. “As District Attorney for the people of Madison and Rankin Counties, I have worked with our men and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to protect our citizens from those who would prey upon others. I have worked to rid our streets of those who sell drugs to our children, and to see that violent offenders are held responsible for their actions.”

Since 2008, as District Attorney, Michael Guest and his office prosecuted 20,000 criminals, supported law enforcement agencies by providing them with more than $20 million dollars in money recovered from drug dealers, and successfully recovering more than $3.5 million dollars in the bad check unit to help local merchants and businesses.

“I’m asking for everyone’s vote because we need a strong, conservative Congressman to represent Mississippi who has a proven record of fighting for what’s right,” Guest said. “Just like I’ve fought for you by prosecuting criminals in the courtroom and putting them in jail, I’m asking you to send me to Congress to fight for you and our state.”

Guest said that he has been thinking about running for Congress for several years.

Prior to becoming District Attorney, Guest served 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting hundreds of cases and obtaining guilty verdicts against criminals charged with murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, sexual battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, house burglary, and drug sales.

“I pledge to you that if you send me to Congress, I will work every day to represent our interests and to fight against those who would erode our freedoms,” Guest said. “I will fight to see that we remain the nation that Ronald Reagan referred to as a shining city on a hill and that we will forever be one nation under God.”

Guest added that if elected he would tackle infrastructure, the opioid epidemic and supporting the military.

Michael Guest has worked closely with the law enforcement community training state and local law enforcement officers. He served as an instructor for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Source: NewsMS

US House Candidate Touts Small Government, ‘Family Values’

A Mississippi prosecutor says he is running for Congress because he believes in safe communities, limited government and “traditional family values.”

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor said Thursday that he is running for Congress because he believes in safe communities, limited government and “traditional family values.”

Michael Guest spoke to more than 200 people in his hometown of Brandon. The crowd in the Rankin County circuit courtroom included more than three dozen uniformed law enforcement officers.

“I have worked to rid our streets of those that would sell drugs to our children. I have worked to see that violent offenders are held responsible for their actions,” said Guest who has been district attorney since 2008 in Madison and Rankin counties.

Guest, 47, is one of three Republicans who have filed to run in central Mississippi’s 3rd District, where Republican incumbent Gregg Harper is not seeking re-election.

Harper was first elected in 2008 and said early this month that “10 years will be long enough” in Congress. He is chairman of the House Administration Committee,

Businessmen Whit Hughes of Madison and Perry Parker of Seminary filed qualifying papers Wednesday with the state GOP.

No Democrat has yet joined the race.

Candidates’ filing deadline is March 1 and party primaries are June 5. The general election is Nov. 6.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Michael Guest Announces Campaign for Congress at Kickoff Event in Brandon

On Thursday, January 18, Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, held an announcement event in Brandon for his campaign for the U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

Michael Guest is a lifelong conservative Republican who believes in limited government, traditional Mississippi values, free market economic principles of lower taxes and fewer regulations, protecting the right to life of the unborn, a strong national defense with full support of our men and women in the military, and keeping our 2nd Amendment gun rights and the other individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us by our Constitution.

At the event, Michael Guest stated, “For the last 22 years, I have fought to protect the people of Mississippi by dedicating my life to help keep our communities safe, and to see that they remain great places to live, worship and raise a family. As District Attorney for the people of Madison and Rankin Counties, I have worked with our men and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to protect our citizens from those who would prey upon others. I have worked to rid our streets of those who sell drugs to our children, and to see that violent offenders are held responsible for their actions.”

Since 2008, as District Attorney, Michael Guest and his office prosecuted 20,000 criminals, supported law enforcement agencies by providing them with more than $20 million dollars in money recovered from drug dealers, and successfully recovering more than $3.5 million dollars in the bad check unit to help local merchants and businesses.

“I’m asking for everyone’s vote because we need a strong, conservative Congressman to represent Mississippi who has a proven record of fighting for what’s right,” said Michael Guest. “Just like I’ve fought for you by prosecuting criminals in the courtroom and putting them in jail, I’m asking you to send me to Congress to fight for you and our state.”

Prior to becoming District Attorney in 2008, Michael Guest served 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting hundreds of cases and obtaining guilty verdicts against criminals charged with murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, sexual battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, house burglary, and drug sales.

“I pledge to you that if you send me to Congress, I will work every day to represent our interests and to fight against those who would erode our freedoms. I will fight to see that we remain the nation that Ronald Reagan referred to as a shining city on a hill, and that we will forever be one nation under God.”

Michael Guest has worked closely with the law enforcement community training state and local law enforcement officers. He served as an instructor for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

District Attorney Guest serves as President of the Foundation for Rankin County Public Schools and serves on the Boards of the State and Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers. As a member of the Brandon Baptist Church, Guest serves as a Sunday school teacher and as a deacon. Michael Guest is a Rankin County resident and a graduate of Brandon High School. He received a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and his law degree from The University of Mississippi. Guest is also a member of the Rankin County Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association. He is married to the former Haley Kennedy and they have two sons, Kennedy and Patton. For more information about Michael Guest, visit www.MichaelGuest.ms.

Source: Y’all Politics

Michael Guest Announces Campaign for Congress at Kickoff Event in Brandon

(Brandon, Miss.)—On Thursday, January 18, Michael Guest, the District Attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, held an announcement event in Brandon for his campaign for the U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.

Michael Guest is a lifelong conservative Republican who believes in limited government, traditional Mississippi values, free market economic principles of lower taxes and fewer regulations, protecting the right to life of the unborn, a strong national defense with full support of our men and women in the military, and keeping our 2nd Amendment gun rights and the other individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us by our Constitution.

At the event, Michael Guest stated, “For the last 22 years, I have fought to protect the people of Mississippi by dedicating my life to help keep our communities safe, and to see that they remain great places to live, worship and raise a family. As District Attorney for the people of Madison and Rankin Counties, I have worked with our men and women of law enforcement and our judicial officials to protect our citizens from those who would prey upon others. I have worked to rid our streets of those who sell drugs to our children, and to see that violent offenders are held responsible for their actions.”

Since 2008, as District Attorney, Michael Guest and his office prosecuted 20,000 criminals, supported law enforcement agencies by providing them with more than $20 million dollars in money recovered from drug dealers, and successfully recovering more than $3.5 million dollars in the bad check unit to help local merchants and businesses.

“I’m asking for everyone’s vote because we need a strong, conservative Congressman to represent Mississippi who has a proven record of fighting for what’s right,” said Michael Guest. “Just like I’ve fought for you by prosecuting criminals in the courtroom and putting them in jail, I’m asking you to send me to Congress to fight for you and our state.”

Prior to becoming District Attorney in 2008, Michael Guest served 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting hundreds of cases and obtaining guilty verdicts against criminals charged with murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, sexual battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, house burglary, and drug sales.

“I pledge to you that if you send me to Congress, I will work every day to represent our interests and to fight against those who would erode our freedoms. I will fight to see that we remain the nation that Ronald Reagan referred to as a shining city on a hill, and that we will forever be one nation under God.”

Michael Guest has worked closely with the law enforcement community training state and local law enforcement officers. He served as an instructor for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

District Attorney Guest serves as President of the Foundation for Rankin County Public Schools and serves on the Boards of the State and Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers. As a member of the Brandon Baptist Church, Guest serves as a Sunday school teacher and as a deacon. Michael Guest is a Rankin County resident and a graduate of Brandon High School. He received a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and his law degree from The University of Mississippi. Guest is also a member of the Rankin County Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association. He is married to the former Haley Kennedy and they have two sons, Kennedy and Patton. For more information about Michael Guest, visit www.MichaelGuest.ms.

Unexpected vacancy quickly draws first candidate in race for Harper’s seat

A little more than 24 hours after shoo-in incumbent Rep. Gregg Harper announced he would not run for re-election this year, the first candidate to replace him qualified for the seat.

Michael Guest, a Brandon native who has served as district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties since 2008, qualified Friday afternoon to run for Mississippi’s third congressional district.

“I’ve been talking to friends and family and praying about it,” Guest told Mississippi Today on Friday afternoon, minutes before qualifying at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters.

The seat, likely to draw a crowded Republican primary field and at least a couple experienced Democratic officials, was not projected to be in play during the 2018 midterms. The sprawling district stretches from extreme southwest Mississippi to the Golden Triangle region.

Rep. Gregg Harper reports the results of the 2016 Electoral College vote in Congress in January 2017.

Harper’s surprise announcement set off a political chain reaction in the state, and politicos and potential candidates immediately began calling prominent donors across the state to gauge support.

The first candidate to officially qualify, Guest said on Friday he’ll focus his campaign on combating the opioid epidemic in Mississippi and nationally, addressing infrastructure concerns, and ensuring the military is adequately funded.

Guest said he had been mulling a U.S. Senate bid if Sen. Thad Cochran retires this year, but he quickly decided to run for the House seat after hearing news that Harper had called it quits.

More candidates are expected to enter the race. Filing deadline is March 1, party primaries are June 5 and the general election is Nov. 6.

Harper’s surprise announcement throws a wrench in the already dramatic short term political landscape in Mississippi. Sen. Roger Wicker, the state’s junior senator, faces a re-election bid this year, and colleagues of Cochran have said privately that he could retire this year due to health concerns.

Harper had been widely considered a favorite to fill Cochran’s seat should a vacancy occur, but several people close to Gov. Phil Bryant, who would make the appointment, have told Mississippi Today in recent days that Harper is not being seriously considered for the spot.

Harper, who was expected to run unopposed this year, was first elected to the House in 2008, holding off a crowded Republican primary field and coasting to a victory in the general election. Every two years since then, no general election challenger came closer than 25 points to knocking off the incumbent congressman.

Before he was elected to the House, Harper was a practicing attorney, He served as a prosecutor in Brandon and Richland, and he was chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party for seven years.

Source: Mississippi Today