House hopefuls to meet in forum

Residents of Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District will have the opportunity to attend a Saturday town hall meeting to meet the two men who are vying this November to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives
Sponsored by the Starkville TEA Party, the meeting will allow residents to listen to the candidates as they answer questions about the issues facing our state and country. 
The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex. 
Democratic candidate Joel Gill and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harpe will both speak and answer questions. 
Gill ran on the Democratic ticket for the Third Congressional District House seat in 2008, but was defeated by Harper in the general election. Harper won 63 percent of the vote to defeat Gill in 2008.
Syndicated columnist and radio talk show host Sid Salter will be the moderator for the event, and will ask questions presented by those in attendance and screened by a panel including College Republicans and College Democrats. 
Gill obtained a bachelor of science degree in physics and astronomy at Millsaps College in 1973 and became involved in politics when he ran for City Commissioner of Jackson.  He currently serves as Mayor of Pickens. 
Gill is the chief financial officer of Mississippi Order Buyers, Inc., a cattle buying corporation. He currently serves as director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and in various other organizations in the cattle industry.
Gill and his wife, Ann, have two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Harper graduated from Mississippi College in 1978 with a degree in chemistry and from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1981. He served as Rankin County chairman for the Mississippi Republican Party and was a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention.  
Harper has served as prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland.   He currently serves on several congressional committees and subcommittees.  Harper and his wife, Sidney, have two children and live in Pearl.
The Washington Post’s political blog has called Sid Salter “one of the nation’s best state political reporters.”  Salter is the Perspective section editor for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson and hosts a talk radio show, “On Deadline with Sid Salter,” on the SuperTalk Mississippi network.
For more information about the town hall meeting, contact the Starkville TEA Party by e-mail at or call 418-8115.