As the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential race heats up, one high-profile candidate is receiving some support from an area lawmaker.

On Thursday, the campaign to elect former New York City mayor and media mogul Mike Bloomberg announced state Rep. Cheikh Taylor, a Starkville Democrat, had given his endorsement to the candidate.

Taylor represents House District 38, which covers parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.

Following the announcement, Taylor told the Starkville Daily News that he wanted to encourage all voters left or right to take a closer look at Bloomberg.

“For me, he is the only candidate with an unapologetic agenda to support African-Americans through homeownership and small business creation,” Taylor said. “That is paramount for me and a proven path to move Mississippi's poorest from dependency and poverty to independence and prosperity.”

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