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Democratic state senator won’t seek re-election

December 19, 2018

BELMONT, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi Democrat says he won’t seek re-election to the state Senate in 2019.

Sen. J.P. Wilemon of Belmont tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he will complete his fourth term in the Senate but won’t seek a fifth.

Wilemon, a retired banker who served as a Belmont alderman for 36 years, cites his age. The 78-year-old says he decided “it was time to get out.”

He represents District 5, which includes all of Prentiss and Tishomingo counties and parts of Itawamba.

The Democrat says that in his final year in the Senate, he’ll be pushing for raises for teachers and assistant teachers and improvements to libraries and state parks.

Wilemon has been chairman of the Senate Municipalities Committee for 12 years.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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