With State Representative Joe Warren deciding to not run for another term the District 90 race is now wide open.
Collins Fire Chief John Pope and Collins Attorney Reggie Blackledge will face in the democratic primary.
Pope is a native of Collins, He's married to his wife Rebecca and he has three-daughters. He's been in the fire service for Collins for around 20-years and has been chief for the last eight.
Pope says he's running because he believes he can make a difference and be a positive voice for the people.
"I want to make sure that our education system is funded properly," said Pope. "We need to provide for the educational needs of our students. We need to look at economic development. District 90 is situated in a great location that is perfect for growth and expansion."
Padded that he wants to bring common sense decisions to the legislature to support families and the hard working people in the district.
Blackledge is married and has four children. He's been practicing law in Collins for around 12-years. He's a graduate of Jones County Junior College and William Carey University and got his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
"What I want to do is make sure our schools are funded," said Blackledge. "I want to make sure the people of the district are represented by someone who is going to look after their interests. We need to try to bring industry to Covington County and we need to help people in District 90 get better paying jobs."
The primary election is Aug. 4, with the general election being Nov. 3.