Candidate Marcy says he’ll move to Warren

Published 12:03 pm Friday, June 11, 2010

Win or lose, 2nd Congressional District candidate Bill Marcy wants to make Vicksburg and Warren County his new home.

The 62-year-old Meridian resident said there’s a “95 percent chance” he’ll buy property somewhere near the River City, though not necessarily near the city’s older neighborhoods.

“It’s outside the city,” Marcy said by phone Thursday as he prepared to file a campaign finance report ahead of a finance deadline before the June 22 Republican primary runoff. Marcy is a former Chicago cop and security businessman who moved back to his family’s east Mississippi hometown about a dozen years ago.

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Either Marcy or Richard Cook, a middle school teacher in Byram, will face U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in the Nov. 2 general election. Cook finished ahead of Marcy by one vote in the June 2 primary — 2,232 votes to 2,231, according to results certified by the Mississippi Republican Party and released Thursday by the Secretary of State’s Office. George Bailey of Clinton finished third, with 1,957 votes. Marcy and Cook won nine counties each, with Marcy’s 66 percent in Warren being his largest margin.

The district hugs the Mississippi River from Tunica to Jefferson counties and includes most of Jackson on its eastern boundary. Congressional candidates must live in the state they want to represent, but don’t have to live in the district.

Neither Marcy nor Cook have reported any money raised or spent in the campaign to date. Federal election law stipulates candidates who raise or spend $5,000 file a finance report with the Federal Election Commission.

Finance totals as of May 12 for Thompson, first elected in 1993, showed $2,064,872 in cash on hand, with $1,352,965 raised and $572,219 spent. Thompson was unopposed for the Democratic nod and won’t have to file updated figures until Oct. 21.

Marcy said his contributions “are approaching $5,000” and should surpass that mark next week. Cook, 51, doesn’t expect to report any large expenditures before the runoff.

“Not unless someone comes up here,” Cook said. “I hope things will pick up in that area.”

Both candidates plan to attend a forum at the Swinging Bridge Fish House in Byram at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Matchups in the fall in Mississippi’s three other congressional districts are set, as primaries decided party nominees in each. By district, they are:

• 1st District: U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat, faces state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, and seven third-party or independent candidates.

• 3rd District: U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican, faces Pickens mayor Joel Gill, a Democrat, and a Reform Party candidate.

• 4th District: U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, a Democrat, faces state Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Biloxi, and two third-party candidates.