For Starkville Daily News
In announcing his candidacy for the office of State Representative of District 35, Joey Hood made the following statement:
“I am running for State Representative because I believe it is time for my generation to step forward, like the generations before us, and take an active role in preserving the future of our communities.
“I have worked for and on behalf of both municipal and county government, state agencies, and the judicial branch of government. Representing people in my private practice, having discussions with concerned citizens, and living in this district with my family, have all made me aware of the current issues that need to be addressed. I understand the importance of family values, a strong education for our children and economic growth for the future.
“As your representative, I will make job creation a priority and will work to ensure that taxpayer dollars from District 35 are used in an effective and efficient manner.”
Joey is 34 years old and married to the former Cynthia Oswalt of Ackerman. They have two children, Jonah, 3 and Owen, 5 months. Cynthia and Joey are members of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Joey grew up in Choctaw County in the Crape Creek/Simpson Community. After graduating from French Camp Academy, he attended Mississippi State University where he received bachelor degrees in political science and history. After graduating from Mississippi State University, Joey moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Trent Lott. Hood later returned to Mississippi to attend Mississippi College School of Law where he received his law degree. Afterwards, Joey worked as a law clerk on the Mississippi Court of Appeals for Judge David Chandler. Joey currently practices law as a self-employed attorney in Ackerman.
Joey currently serves as a volunteer fireman and board member on the Simpson Volunteer Fire Department, attorney for the Choctaw County Medical Foundation, and attorney for the town of French Camp.
In addition, Joey has previously served as a volunteer attorney coach for the French Camp Academy high school mock trial team and executive chairman of the Choctaw County Republican Party. Upon announcing his candidacy for public office, Hood says he tendered his resignation as executive chairman.
“I intend to visit and meet as many people as possible prior to the election. I look forward to speaking with the people in District 35 to address any questions or concerns you may have. I would respectfully request that you look at my qualifications and consider me when you cast your ballot on August 2,” said Hood.