July 1, 2020 11:00:43 AM
Oktibbeha County Supervisor Bricklee Miller has announced she plans to run for the state Senate seat vacated Tuesday by longtime Sen. Gary Jackson (R-French Camp).
Miller, a Republican, announced her candidacy for the upcoming special election via Facebook on Tuesday and will make a formal announcement at a later date. She is Oktibbeha County's first female supervisor and was elected in 2015 and 2019 to represent District 4. She has also been the director of the Mississippi Horse Park for almost 20 years.
She said in her Facebook post that she is running for Senate "to make a difference for every corner of the district and the state as a whole."
"Our district needs a strong voice with a proven ability to get things done," Miller said. "I'll fight for the same conservative principles at the capitol as I fought for on the Board of Supervisors, and I'll work tirelessly to make sure the unique needs of our district get the attention they deserve."
State Senate District 15 represents western and southern Oktibbeha County, as well as parts of Choctaw, Webster and Montgomery counties. Miller told The Dispatch she has a good working relationship with the supervisors in all four counties and therefore has "a good base knowledge" of what is important to the district.
"The city of Starkville will not have the same needs as the city of Kilmichael, so it's very important to listen to the constituents in the area," she said.
Miller also said she would resign from both the board of supervisors and the horse park to become "a full-time state senator" if she is elected.
Jackson announced his retirement from the Senate June 1 after almost 17 years in office, citing health concerns.
Gov. Tate Reeves has yet to announce the date of the special election to fill Jackson's seat and serve the remainder of his term, which will end in January 2024.
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