64th District Seat Rematch

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

The candidates may be the same as two years ago, but the campaign is a whole different ball game. Incumbent Republican Rick Baxter and his challenger, Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin, are not just battling for the 64th District seat.

"Right now the Republicans have a slim majority in the House," Baxter explains. "There's a lot at stake if the Democrats win, they win the house."

The stakes at hand have made this race one of the hottest in the state. As Mayor Griffin knocked on doors Sunday, he talked of improving education and jobs-- things he's done already in Jackson, but wants to expand.

"This [job] encompasses a lot more than the city," Griffin says.

As different as the two candidates may be, there's one thing they have in common: their pervasive and expensive ad campaigns.

"I've been told the total between the two candidates is $1.3, $1.4 billion," says Griffin.

That's money spent on mudslinging ads from both sides of the aisle. They are advertisements both candidates say are necessary in getting the message across.

Rep. Baxter says he'll hit the ground running if he wins again.

"Economy," he lists as his top priority. "It's a statewide thing, but also a local issue. Education is huge, with Proposal 5 on the ballot."

Both candidates say Jackson-area residents should expect to see them at their doors before the polls open Tuesday.


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