Whit in the News

An Open Letter to Voters in the Third Congressional District From Whit Hughes

Faith and family have always driven my decision-making. That certainly was the case with my entry into this Congressional race. But, honestly, a good bit of my motivation also has to do with that I feel the same way so many Mississippians do about how we handle politics.

Every day on the campaign trail I hear many of the same passionate comments:

"I am fed up with establishment politics. I have no voice in Washington."
"I am tired of the same small circle of establishment folks thinking they're entitled to hand-pick who our leaders are going to be."
"I want someone to go support the President and fight to change DC."
"I am not interested in another career politician lawyer. We have plenty of them in Washington."
"I want a businessperson who will fight to get the government out of my way."

My response is always the same – "I completely agree with you and this is why I am running. As a conservative, I hope you will stand up and say enough is enough and let's make a difference on Election Day!"

I would argue the time has to be now. As a nation, we are on so many tracks that are not sustainable. Our solution to tackling these problems cannot be to choose the person who has been standing in line the longest.

I've been fighting to bring more jobs to our state and expand healthcare access for central Mississippi – not standing in line and not waiting to be tapped on the shoulder by some politico.

President Trump proved with his victory in 2016 that our country has moved past the establishment ways of deciding elections and that the person chosen should be the one that can help our country, our state, our community in the most effective way. Nothing is going to change unless we send leaders and fighters to Congress to work every day to fix the problems in our state. And yes there are problems – problems that must be addressed by leaders who can fix them for the good of Mississippians.

The good news is, on Tuesday the 26th, voters have a clear option. I respect my opponent, but he and I have different backgrounds and different experiences. We also have differences on several serious policy issues… even about something as fundamental to our great country as the importance of constitutional rights.

I released my policy priorities months ago so that voters would know exactly where I stood on the issues. You can still find them on my website – www.WhitHughesforCongress.com. I have campaigned in nearly every community in the 3rd District because I wanted to engage voters on a personal level. Almost every day during this runoff election, my wife, Shelley, and I have held town halls throughout the district – answering hundreds of questions from voters.

My opponent has refused to debate me or join me at any of my town halls. I don't know where he stands on many issues and if you look at his website you won't find any specifics either. He's simply stood on the sidelines this runoff trying to protect his lead and run out the clock.

This is like saying, "give me the job, but I'm not going to sit down to interview for it!"

You have a choice on Tuesday the 26th. You CAN shape the outcome of this race.

If you want a strong leader with some backbone and real business experience – then I'm your candidate.

If you want somebody who cares more about serving than he cares about climbing the political ladder – then I'm your candidate.

If you want somebody who is ready to fight for your family, your community, the conservative issues that matter to us – then I'm your candidate.

I would be honored to have your support and your vote.

Whit Hughes Launches 'Town Hall' Campaign Tour

WJTV

June 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - Third congressional district candidate Whit Hughes launches an "Ask Whit Anything" town hall tour starting in Liberty, Monday, June 11. Hughes plans to visit the 24 counties in the district with opportunities for citizens to ask anything they want about the candidate for Congress. The candidate says it's also an opportunity for taxpayers to tell him what's on their minds.


Read the Article

This Heated GOP Primary is Drawing Little Out-of-state Cash

Mississippi Today

June 3, 2018

Mississippi money will likely decide which Republican wins the June 5 primary in the third congressional race, a Mississippi Today analysis of campaign-finance documents shows. Of the six Republican candidates vying to fill the seat retiring U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper vacated, just $148,550, or 13 percent, of the $1.1 million raised is from out of state. Mississippi Today analyzed contributions listed on two campaign finance filings: the April quarterly filing for donations between January 1 and March 30, and the pre-primary filing for contributions between April 1 and May 16.


Read the Article

Last minute money check for June 5 primaries #mssen #mselex

Y'all Politics

June 1, 2018

As we do a quick last minute check on fundraising before the June 5 primary next Tuesday, here's a quick video that's a great recap of the upcoming primaries and who's running for what. Video is courtesy of the Gibbes Companies.



Read the Article

Mississippi Edition: Thursday, May 31st

Mississippi Edition

May 31, 2018

We'll hear more from Republican candidates running for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District House seat. Then, the latest in guidelines for colon cancer screenings... one of the most prevalent types of cancer in adults. And, find out how a two day conference about racial healing is taking on the tough issues. Plus in our book club, author Zachary Hilpert recounts just how many US Presidents have visited the state of Mississippi.


Read the Article

How much money is flowing in Mississippi's congressional races? How much is out-of-state?

Clarion Ledger

May 31, 2018

A low-key and likely fruitless U.S. Senate primary is drawing big bucks from Hollywood stars, while an unusually quiet GOP primary for Congress is shaping up to be quite an expensive election. Howard Sherman, a venture capitalist and husband of Meridian-native actress Sela Ward, has the largest campaign chest of any Democratic candidate with more than $628,000 on hand.


Read the Article

What Will It Take to Win the Mississippi U.S. House Race?

Clarion Ledger

May 31, 2018

With Mississippi's two 2018 U.S. Senate races predicated on brawling attacks, counter-attacks and philosophical contrasts in party primaries and in the special election, one might expect a similar Pier 6 political donnybrook in Mississippi's Third Congressional District race to succeed the retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl.


Read the Article

Salter: Third District Congressional Race Has Been Issue-based, Collegial and Free of Rancor

Hotty Toddy

May 29, 2018

With Mississippi's two 2018 U.S. Senate races predicated on brawling attacks, counter-attacks and philosophical contrasts in party primaries and in the special election, one might expect a similar Pier 6 political donnybrook in Mississippi's Third Congressional District race to succeed the retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl.


Read the Article

Mississippi GOP Hopefuls Decry Federal Spending, Regulations

The Virginian Pilot

April 18, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans running for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are advocating cuts in federal spending and regulations. The six GOP candidates in the 3rd District spoke Wednesday night in Jackson at a forum sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a group promoting free markets and limited government.


Read the Article

6 GOP Congressional Candidates Express Loyalty to Trump

US News

April 17, 2018

Hughes and Parker criticized Trump's position on tariffs. After the president announced his intention to set tariffs on Chinese steel, China responded by suggesting its own tariffs, including 25 percent on soybeans, Mississippi's third largest export product behind only forest and poultry products."China is our second biggest import partner on soybeans," Hughes said. "If tariffs and a trade war end up impacting that dynamic, I promise you there are growers in South America who will step in and fill that void."


Read the Article

Congressional Candidate Meets With Kemper Residents

Kemper County Messenger

April 13, 2018

Hughes is viewed by many as one of the top business leaders, economic developers and advocates for the state of Mississippi. Since 2013, Hughes served as Foundation President and Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Systems. Hughes worked alongside Gov. Haley Barbour as the Deputy Director of Mississippi Development Authority during the Barbour administration.


Read the Article

Whit Hughes Campaign Releases First Quarter Fundraising Totals

Whit Hughes Campaign

April 12, 2018

Madison, MS – Today, Republican Whit Hughes, a candidate for Mississippi's Third Congressional District, released his quarterly fundraising totals. The Hughes campaign raised $304,354 since entering the race on January 17. Over four hundred and fifty individuals have contributed to the Hughes campaign.


Read the Press Release

Candidate Makes Second Trip to Woodville

The Woodville Republican

April 5, 2018

Third District Congressional candidate Whit Hughes, right, made his second campaign trip to Wilkinson County on Monday, April 2, when he stopped to visit with a number of local residents. Hughes, right, is shown listing his plans to work hard for theresidents of this area of the state. On Monday he was just starting a visit to all 24 counties comprising Mississippi's Third Congressional District in a matter of 48 hours.


Read the Article

Whit Hughes Releases Names of Campaign County Chairmen

Y'all Politics

March 29, 2018

"I am running a campaign that involves all twenty-four counties in the Third District. My team and I are working hard every day to earn votes in every community. Today, we are proud to release a list of community leaders helping organize support in every corner of the district and sharing my pro-growth message to others in their hometown. I appreciate the commitment of these individuals to making our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family."


Read the Article

Whit Hughes releases "Whit's Game Plan"

Y'all Politics

March 19, 2018

Today, Republican Whit Hughes, a Congressional candidate for Mississippi's Third Congressional District, released "Whit's Game Plan." Hughes' plan outlines his policy priorities and discusses how he will fight for Mississippians when elected to Congress. The plan discusses Hughes' positions on a wide array of issues such as job creation, immigration and securing the border, infrastructure, agriculture and individual liberty and freedom.


Read the Article

House candidate has deep MSU ties

Starkville Daily News

February 7, 2018

Many may remember Whit Hughes from his days on the hardwood playing basketball for Mississippi State, but the former Bulldog sixth man is looking to be the top dog in the District 3 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hughes, 42, officially announced his candidacy a couple of weeks ago and will seek to fill the seat of Rep. Gregg Harper, who revealed earlier this year that he would not seek re-election in 2018.


Read the Article

Running for Congress

Lawrence County Press

February 7, 2018

"Third District Congressional hopeful Whit Hughes visited the Lawrence County Courthouse Friday afternoon..."


Read the Article

Hughes running to replace Harper

Enterprise-Journal

February 5, 2018

"Most people would love to talk about their glory days playing college sports, but lately, Whit Hughes wants to just talk politics..."


Read the Article

Congressional candidate visits Williamsville

The Neshoba Democrat

January 24, 2018

John Williams, left, talks with Congressional candidate Whit Hughes about cheese and bacon at Williams Bros. Hughes, of Madison, launched his campaign to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Mississippi last week.


Read the Article

Congressional Candidate Whit Hughes Stops By Golden Triangle

WCBI

January 22, 2018


Read the Article

Hughes touts experience in candidacy for Congress

The Meridian Star

January 19, 2018

Republican Whit Hughes of Madison (right), who visited The Meridian Star on Friday, has thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate for Mississippi's Third Congressional District, the post currently held by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.). Hughes and two other candidates —fellow Republicans Michael Guest and Perry Parker — have filed to run for Harper's seat.

Read the Article

Former Baptist Health official announces run for Congress

WAPT News

January 18, 2018

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. 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.

Read the Article

GOP candidate Whit Hughes announces Congressional run

News Mississippi

January 18, 2018

Republican Whit Hughes filed the necessary paperwork and has announced his intention to run for Congress after Harper stated that he would not seek re-election in 2018. Since 2013, Whit has served as Foundation President and Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Systems. Hughes also worked alongside Gov. Haley Barbour as the Deputy Director of Mississippi Development Authority during the Barbour administration.

Read the Article

More candidates qualify in race to fill U.S. Rep. Harper's seat

Mississippi Today

January 17, 2018

Three candidates have officially joined the race to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Gregg Harper. Whit Hughes, a Madison businessman, signed qualifying papers as a Republican on Wednesday. He joins Michael Guest, district attorney for Rankin and Madison counties, as the only official candidates to qualify for the soon-to-be vacant seat thus far.

Read the Article

3 Republicans Now in Race for US House Seat in Mississippi

U.S. News

January 17, 2018

Businessmen Whit Hughes of Madison and Perry Parker of Seminary filed qualifying papers Wednesday to run in the 3rd District. Hughes is a past deputy director of Mississippi Development Authority, the state agency that seeks to promote job creation. He most recently worked as foundation president and chief development officer for Baptist Health Sytems.

Read the Article

Whit Hughes jumps into race to replace U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper

Clarion Ledger

January 17, 2018

Republican Whit Hughes of Madison, a former Mississippi college sports star with an extensive background in business and politics, on Wednesday became the second candidate to officially run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Gregg Harper. Hughes, a veteran of many national, state and local campaigns, said he is making his first run for political office because he sees "a shrinking middle class" in Mississippi and communities "hanging by their last threads of hope" and believes he can use his economic development and business experience to change things.

Read the Article