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Secretary of State Michael Watson speaks at the 2021 Neshoba County Fair

By: Sarah Ulmer - July 29, 2021

Secretary of State Michael Watson spoke on Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair.

Secretary Watson began his remarks by highlighting Mississippi’s successful elections over the last two years even in the midst of a global pandemic. One of the first things he did in office was visit with all 82 circuit clerks to ensure there were strong relationships there and that all those individual clerks knew that he cared about the election process.

Watson said he did this to send a message that while he is a Republican, he was elected to help all Mississippians.

He also increased the effort across the nation to help first responders vote in the event they are tending to a natural disaster in another state or not local to where they are registered to vote. Mississippi’s provision for these workers has now become the standard for a national movement that Watson has been heavily involved in.

He also credited his office’s success this last year to his hard-working staff.

“It’s not me, it is an us effort,” said Watson. “Every single person in the Secretary of State’s office loves Mississippi and loves you.”

Watson has also continued the fight on regulatory reform. Mississippi is one of the most regulated states in the Southeast. He said his office is working hard to change that in order to allow more businesses to locate and operate in the state.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: