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Birthdate: July 31, 1976
Birth Place: Gulfport, MS, United States
Residence: Biloxi, MS
Religion: Unitarian Universalist
Matthew Moore was born in Gulfport, Miss., and was raised in Mississippi, Texas and other states in the South, Southwest and Midwest. He said his father is a Vietnam veteran and his mother is a Latino-American who came from a family of migrant workers.
Moore is a full-time honors student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he is studying planetary science and astrophysics.
Moore is making his first run for public office in 2012. He has served as treasurer of the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, but said he would resign that post to run for Congress in south Mississippi's 4th District.
Moore and his longtime girlfriend are the parents of two boys who are in elementary school.
Matthew Moore was a late entry into the 2012 race in south Mississippi's 4th Congressional District.
Michael Herrington won the Democratic nomination in March 2012, but dropped out of the race in September because he is the main caretaker for his paraplegic mother, whose health had grown worse in the preceding months. Herrington also said a family business was struggling.
Mississippi law says that if a nominee drops out for a nonpolitical reason such as illness, business problems or family crisis, the party may replace that person on the general election ballot. The state Board of Election Commissioners allowed the Democratic Party to put Moore on the ballot in place of Herrington.
Moore is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, a former state lawmaker who unseated longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor in 2010. Also in the 2012 congressional race are Libertarian Ron Williams and the Reform Party's Bob Claunch.
Moore is making his first run for public office in 2012, but has been involved in local Democratic Party politics. He said he has been treasurer of the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, a post he resigned from to run for Congress.
Moore said he also is president and a founding member of the College Democrats and Independents of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and has helped register college students to vote. He said he also has been a Harrison County poll manager.
Moore says he's running because he wants to provide better constituent service to the 4th District. He says Palazzo is too much of a party-line Republican and has fallen short in representing a wide range of opinions in the district.
Source: Associated Press
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