Morgan Dunn seeks Congressional seat

By PAT BROWN,

Morgan Dunn of Magee is jumping into the political race for Mississippi’s Third Congressional Seat.

The seat has been held by Congressman Gregg Harper, who recently announced his decision not to seek re-election for the position he has held since 2009. 

Mississippi’s Third Congressional District has a northern boundary of Starkville, an eastern boundary of Alabama, a southern boundary south of Natchez and a western boundary of Louisiana. 

Dunn qualified to run for office on Monday, as did State Senator Sally Doty.  Also qualifying for the seat are District Attorney Michael Guest of Brandon; Whit Hughes of Madison, who is the former deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority; and Perry Parker of Seminary, who handles investment portfolios. 

Thus far no one has qualified to run as a Democrat.  The qualifying deadline is March 1, and primaries will be held June 5. 

Dunn’s professional experience comes in the medical-related field.  She is currently serving as managing director of Vestra LLC, a healthcare consulting firm in Magee.  She works with Rush Health Systems in Meridian and consults for Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics and is the executive director for Accountable Care Organization. 

She also lists experience as the chief executive officer  for Rural Solutions LLC, as well as serving as senior vice president for Pioneer Health Services. 

Dunn, 36, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts degree.  She and her husband Chris have three children, Sawyer, Ava and Wynn.

Dunn says that she will focus on two specific areas if elected.  The first is agriculture. 

She said, “There are so many ag-related businesses in the state, and we need to strengthen that part of the economy and create as many job opportunities as we can.” 

Her second area of focus will be the healthcare industry.  She said, “We need to strengthen rural healthcare in the nation.  Rural healthcare is so critical, and in many circumstances the healthcare industry is one of the main job providers in rural communities.” 

Dunn said she had always had a great interest in politics and had considered running when State Senator Perry Lee of Mendenhall decided not to seek another term in office.    However, at that point the timing was not right.  She said she was actually in Washington, D.C., when Congressman Harper made his decision not to seek another term in office. 

“I was in Washington working on healthcare legislation for rural communities at the time,” she said. 

Dunn said her one of her biggest attributes as a candidate is that she is not a politician and, like President Trump, she wants to “drain the swamp.”  At the same time she wants to create jobs and grow the economy. 

 She said, “I understand healthcare and can appreciate what it takes for small business to be successful during tough economic times.”