- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The field of candidates is growing for a special congressional election in north Mississippi.

Now, there are six.

Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1Gkhm18 ) on Wednesday that professional politicians have caused gridlock and unsustainable debt. He says he’s running as an outsider.

Boyce Adams of Columbus, president of a software company, says he’s announcing his candidacy Thursday.

Those already in the 1st District race are state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo, District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, attorney Chip Mills of Fulton and attorney Quentin Whitwell of Oxford.

They’re running to succeed Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died Feb. 6.

Qualifying deadline for the nonpartisan election is March 27. The election is May 2, and a runoff is June 2.

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