Thursday, November 13, 2014


Pruitt Speed “Speedy” Calvert, Jr., announced this week his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the Mississippi Senate District 18 seat comprised of Neshoba and portions of Leake and Winston Counties in the 2015 GOP primary. The election will be held on August 4, 2015 and is an open seat following incumbent Republican Senator Giles Ward’s announcement at this year’s Neshoba County Fair that he will not seek re-election to the post he has held since 2008. Qualifying for the race and all other Mississippi statewide offices begins in early January 2015.

Calvert, 57, and his wife, Jamie, are residents of Philadelphia, having moved there after losing their home in Louisville in the April tornado.

In announcing his intentions, Calvert stated, “Our state and district have benefited tremendously from the sound, conservative polices espoused by the Mississippi Republican Party. With all but one statewide office being led by conservative Republicans and the state electorate placing both Legislative chambers in the hands of conservative Republican legislators, I want to see District 18 continue to be a vital part of the unprecedented growth and success of our state in recent years. That can be assured if we once again send a conservative Republican from District 18 to the Mississippi Senate.”

Calvert is co-owner of Winston Furniture Company in Louisville. “As a small, family business owner for the past 35 years, I know the importance of a strong economy and of a business climate in our state that is conducive to job creation and a strong tax base. I know firsthand the daily challenges of meeting a payroll and keeping the doors to a small business open. When my business and the thousands of others in our state are thriving, our entire economy thrives,” Calvert said.

Calvert’s wife, Jamie, is a graduate of East Central Community College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. She has taught science in Winston County and both the Philadelphia and Neshoba County School districts for the past 20 years. They are the parents of two sons, Nathan and Lucas, both of whom attended and graduated with honors from Neshoba Central High School and then both attended East Central Community College before pursuing degrees at Mississippi State University. Speedy is a 1974 graduate of Louisville High School, attended East Central Community College and is a 1978 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. “Our family understands and has benefited from Mississippi’s public education structure, including our strong community college system and institutions of higher learning. I am committed to keeping our state’s public education delivery system meeting the needs of our next generations assuring growth and prosperity and employment opportunities for our children and grandchildren.”

Calvert is a strong advocate of second amendment rights and is an avid outdoorsman. He is an active member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and several other similar organizations.

Calvert and his wife attend First Baptist Church of Philadelphia and are active in community affairs in both Philadelphia and Louisville.

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