Mississippi Congressional candidate arrested

Mississippi Congressional candidate arrested
Eli Jackson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Reform Party candidate for Mississippi's 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives found himself behind bars on a simple domestic violence charge.

Eli Jackson, 57, was taken into custody Monday at the Hattiesburg Police Department. According to Hattiesburg Police Department Lt. Jon Traxler, Jackson showed up to file charges on someone, and had an active warrant for his arrest, and he was denied the ability to sign charges on the individual and served with the warrant for his arrest and taken to jail.

Jackson was facing a $1,000 bond according to Forrest County Sheriff's Department officers, and is no longer booked in the Forrest County facility.

The warrant is linked to a May 2014 domestic violence incident that was taken in the 800 block of Laura Street in Hattiesburg. Traxler stated that Jackson claimed that it was from a charge that his daughter filed against him previously.

Jackson is one of five candidates challenging Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo in the Nov. 4th general election.

Challengers in the Nov. 4th election facing Palazzo are Democrat Matt Moore, Libertarian Joey Robinson, and independents Cindy Burleson and Ed Reich.