There's so much to be grateful for at the end of 2017 toward our campaign for a better Mississippi and a better nation. I announced my candidacy to represent Mississippi's First Congressional District on Facebook shortly after I was among the clergy counter-protestors at the August 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. 'Carlton for Congress' officially kicked-off October 15 at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford with about 70 supporters present, undaunted by the heavy rainstorm! The campaign entered a quite period, with hopes of minimizing the confusion between the 2018 US Congressional election I'm in, and the 2017 State Senate election for District 10 (Marshall and Tate counties), which was resolved in a run-off November 28. By that time, my family and I were in the midst of losing one of my beloved aunt after a prolonged illness: She made her transition in Holly Springs December 20. I was among those on-hand doing what could be done to comfort her while she lived and honor her wishes after she expired. At the same time, it was great to see many of you at the Holly Springs Christmas Parade, at the Mississippi Municipal League Small Town Conference, and at holiday celebrations in Oxford, Holly Springs and Eupora. I was delighted as well by friends in the DC area and in Northern California who showed their generous support with successful fundraisers -- Our connection and commitment extend beyond state lines.
With the New Year, we shift into a new, higher gear. I'm grateful for what we are going to do together over the next several months as we dare to believe that we can put people first, protect our social safety net, and restore balance in our national legislature. Stay tuned for exciting news! Meanwhile, I wish you an abundance of love and happiness at the beginning of 2018, and throughout the year!