Lamar Co. attorney announces state house run

Published: Jan. 9, 2015 at 3:11 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2015 at 3:24 AM CST
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Brad Touchstone Campaign.

Brad Touchstone, a Republican from Lamar County, will run to represent the 101st House District of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Touchstone will make a formal announcement Thursday evening at the conclusion of the 7 p.m. Lions Club meeting in Sumrall, where he currently serves as the Club's President. The meeting will be held at the Lions Club Park Building, located at #7 First East Street in Sumrall. He formally qualified to run last Friday in Jackson.

Touchstone, 35, has served as the County Prosecuting Attorney for Lamar County since 2011. He was unanimously appointed to the vacant position in 2010 by the Lamar County Board of Supervisors and was overwhelmingly elected to the position by the voters of Lamar County in 2011.

The current incumbent of the District 101 House seat, Republican Hank Lott, announced late last year that he would not seek a second term in office.

Touchstone said his Lamar County roots served him well growing up, and he wants to ensure that future generations enjoy the same values and quality of life.

“I am a product of this community and grew up surrounded by all the benefits that have made us one of the fastest growing counties in the nation: strong economic development, great schools and a well-balanced local government,” said Touchstone. “Over the last four years, I have fought to keep Lamar County a safe place to live, work and raise a family. I want to take that same fight to Jackson. The challenges faced by Mississippi will not be solved without strong, ethical leadership. We need public servants who are willing to stand up, be bold and lead by conservative principles.”

District 101 covers all of Sumrall and much of Oak Grove and West Hattiesburg. Primaries are scheduled for August 2015, with the general election to follow on November 3rd.

In addition to serving as County Attorney, Touchstone is also a shareholder in the Nelson Touchstone law firm in Oak Grove, a general civil practice. He is a graduate of Oak Grove High School, Pearl River Community College, Millsaps College and the Mississippi College School of Law. Touchstone is a lifelong Lamar County resident and lives in the Oak Grove community with his wife, Dr. Janice Burke Touchstone, a local dentist. They have one daughter, Ryleigh Jane, and attend Temple Baptist Church in Oak Grove.

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