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Barbara and Ed Blackmon withdraw from legislative races

By: Anne Summerhays - March 13, 2023

The withdrawals clear the field for their children to replace the two in the Mississippi House and Senate.

Following the qualifying deadline for the 2023 Mississippi general election, Senator Barbara Blackmon (D) and Representative Edward Blackmon (D) were among the candidates running for re-election. Both qualified to run on January 3rd.

On February 1st – the last day to qualify – Senator Blackmon’s son Bradford qualified to run against his mother. That same day, the Blackmons’ other son, Lawrence, qualified to run against his father.

However, Ed and Barbara Blackmon have since withdrawn from their respective races, clearing the field for their children to replace them in the Mississippi Legislature as many opined would be the case when the younger Blackmons signed up to run.

Senator Barbara Blackmon withdrew on March 4th while Representative Ed Blackmon withdrew on February 10th, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office.

As previously reported here at Magnolia Tribune, Bradford and Lawrence qualified for the same seat as their parents on the deadline day, raising concerns about their intent. 

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“One can only surmise that the parents will withdraw from these races having handed off their seats to their children. It’s the kind of thing that would normally draw some attention,” Brett Kittredge previously wrote for the Magnolia Tribune.

Magnolia Tribune has sought comment from the Blackmons’ previously to no avail. Request for comment has also been sent to Chairman Tyree Irving with the Mississippi Democratic Party but as of the time of publication no comment has been received.

Ed Blackmon has served as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives for nearly 40 years. Barbara Blackmon has represented District 21 as State Senator since 2016. 

Both of the Blackmons’ current terms end on January 2, 2024. 

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: