McClure announces bid for MS Senate seat
by Kaitlyn Tucker
Feb 10, 2011 | 3637 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bolivar Countian at heart, Gwen McClure has put her name into the hat for a special election for Circuit Judge Johnnie Walls’ vacant seat in the Mississippi Senate. 

McClure hails from Boyle originally, though she has spent the last 20 years in Greenville. 

“My family is still here,” said McClure. “My uncle is Coach (Sank) Powe and he’s still here. 

“My brother played football at Cleveland High School,” she continued. “I am a product of the school system here.”

McClure, like her brother, is a graduate of Cleveland High. She also graduated from Mississippi Valley State University and Delta State University.

McClure has spent the last 15 years working as a state auditor.

“I’ve worked in government for 15 years,” she said. “I worked as an auditor in education. I have been to every school district in Northern Mississippi as an auditor.”

Her experiences within the school districts are part of what fuels her desire to run for office. 

“I made this decision after constant praying and a desire to help,” she said. “I believe that if we strengthen our educational system we can attract more jobs in the Mississippi Delta. 

“I want to work with other legislators to find better funding for our schools, bring in teacher pay raises and bring in more jobs,” McClure explained. “And we don’t just need any jobs, we need jobs with livable wages.

“We need to strengthen our school systems to attract these jobs so that our young people don’t have to leave and move off to find jobs,” she continued.

The special election is set to take place on March 1. The winner will take over the remainder of Walls’ term when he became a Bolivar County Circuit Judge. 

“I already qualified to run for the primary,” McClure said of the primary election in November for the next four years of the Senate. “State senators have to know they only have one voice. I will work with others and find some way better to fund education. We need to keep our good teachers here in the Delta.”

McClure has been out campaigning since qualifying for the election. 

“I have tried to cover all of the territory in Bolivar County,” said McClure. “If I have not knocked on your door, it’s not because I’m not out. It’s just such a huge territory.”

McClure is still working to make her presence known in the county before the special election in a few weeks.