Residence: Lamar County
Political party: Republican
Family: Wife, Erika Waide; daughter, Harper Waide; son, Grafe Waide
Education: Itawamba Community College; Mississippi College, bachelor's degree in political science 2007; Mississippi College School of Law, juris doctorate 2010
Political experience: None
Why are you running? Because every year the same issues seem to get kicked down the road in Jackson and I want to get things done in the Legislature and because Lamar County and District 101 need someone in Jackson who can stand strong and be a vocal advocate for the needs of District 101.
What makes you the best candidate? As an experienced attorney I can do more than just say “I will …” I can say that I have. I have worked with local businesses against frivolous litigation and out-of-state companies trying to do harm. I have defended people in the community from companies who choose not to follow the law. I have defended people in the community from government over reach and violations of their constitutional rights.
If elected, what are your top goals? Always be accessible and open to the people of District 101 and be their voice in Jackson – not just in the Legislature. Push a real change in education (teachers/testing/students). Work to streamline government and improve efficiency. Support better pay and working conditions for state employees (reduce turnover). And continue working on criminal justice reform and the strides that Mississippi has made as a national leader in decreasing crime and imprisonment rates.