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Forrest Dist. One election commission candidates share passion for service

Tyler Wood is running for office for the first time. Photo credit WDAM. Tyler Wood is running for office for the first time. Photo credit WDAM.
Charles Phillips has been Forrest County Dist. One election commissioner for 22 years. Photo credit WDAM. Charles Phillips has been Forrest County Dist. One election commissioner for 22 years. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The candidates for Forrest County District One Election Commissioner are separated in age by 63 years, but they both share a passion for public service.

Republican Tyler Wood, 18, is a student at Pearl River Community College and a first-time candidate.

He hopes to unseat five-term incumbent Independent Charles Phillips, 81, who's retired from the concrete pipe business and is now a substitute teacher. 

"I wanted to make a change, I wanted to make a change for the better," said Wood. "I wanted to show people that there's still hope, that there are good politicians out there, that's why my motto is 'new hope for fair elections.'" 

"I've had the experience, the knowledge, and I know the statutes, the codes and the laws that are required to conduct this business as a business person," said Phillips. "There are numerous things that qualify me to be what I'm asking for, to continue to serve the people of Forrest County as election commissioner."   

Phillips was first elected to office in a special election 22 years ago. 

The election will be held Nov. 8.

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