Mississippi Democrat is running for secretary of state

Third District Democrat candidate Shuwaski Young (far left) watches vote tallies with supporters (from right) Jade Gales, Brittney Gales and Susan Weatherholt at an election night party at Soulshine Pizza in Flowood on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Shuwaski Young, the Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Michael Guest in November, officially announced that he is running for secretary of state.

It is unclear whom Young might face, as speculation surrounds current Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson that he may challenge Tate Reeves in the governor’s race.

Watson’s office did not comment for this story.

In the days leading up to his announcement, Young spoke with the Clarion Ledger about what was motivating him for another run.

The lack of a clear opponent does not bother Young, who said he is running because of the vision he has for the Secretary of State’s Office, where he once worked under both Democrat Eric Clark and Republican Delbert Hosemann.

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“I’m not concerned with whether or not Michael Watson is going to be running for reelection. I’m not concerned with what other Democrats may be coming out to run for this particular office seat. I’m ready to serve. I’m qualified to serve,” Young said.

Secretary of State Michael Watson speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Young’s vision includes an increase in access to the ballot box, which he said has been under attack in recent years. He would like to see the Secretary of State website streamlined to make it easier to find useful information and said the state should move towards allowing early voting.

“We need to revolutionize the Secretary of State’s Office and bring it up to speed for the 21st century, for the highly fast-moving technological world that we live in,” Young said. “We need to be able to advocate for voting rights at a high level, and that’s not what we’re seeing right now.”

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