MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2007

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Dowdy commends Clark for tireless work

JACKSON (Monday, Feb. 5, 2007) – Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Dowdy praised Secretary of State Eric Clark today for his tireless service to the people during his three terms in office.

Dowdy pointed to Clark’s work protecting state tidelands on the Coast; his efforts overseeing the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002; and his work expanding voter education programs with the nationally recognized “Promote the Vote” campaign.

Clark also was honored at the Mississippi Democratic Party’s annual Democratic Elected Officials Appreciation Dinner last year, receiving the Chairman’s Award for his service to the state party and the people of Mississippi.

“Secretary Clark’s contributions to Mississippi are immeasurable,” Dowdy said. “Here is a man who unselfishly has worked for the people since 1980, when he took office as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

“Then, in 1995, he won the secretary of state’s office – and has done as remarkable a job there as he did in the Mississippi Legislature. While I understand and respect Secretary Clark’s decision not to seek another term, his leadership and vision will be missed.”

Despite Clark’s decision, Dowdy said he expects the Mississippi Democratic Party to win the secretary of state’s office in the November statewide elections. Candidates have until March 1 to file qualification papers with the party to run for office.

“This is an important statewide office, one Democrats intend to keep,” Dowdy said. “We will field a major candidate who not only will run for office but also will win it and keep it Democrat. After all, Democrats offer the best option for our state’s future.

“By embracing such major, high-profile issues as eliminating or reducing the state sales tax on groceries, full funding for all aspects of public education and protecting the integrity of our elections, we are the only party working to help all Mississippians and ensure a better future for our children.”

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