Ex-Clinton secretary to run for Mississippi US Senate seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Democrat who was President Bill Clinton’s first agriculture secretary officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Friday, saying he’ll run in a special election to finish the term started by longtime Republican Thad Cochran.

Mike Espy, also Mississippi’s first African-American elected to Congress since Reconstruction, had already said he had a “strong intention” to run.

The 64-year-old Espy, who lives in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland, said in a statement released by his campaign that, like Cochran, he wants to be a “calming voice” that appeals to all Mississippians.

“It is in this same spirit that I offer my candidacy — to rise above party and partisan wrangling in an effort to appeal to all Mississippians — as…

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