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According to the records, our state senator, representing not only Union County, but Pontotoc County, as well, has been in the Mississippi State Senate since 1996. Quite an accomplishment and one that indicates that Nickey Reed Browning must be performing to the satisfaction of the voters of these two counties.
The only problem is that if you ask around Union County, few people, even those who have ever actually seen Senator Browning, have seen him in years. While that’s not necessarily a problem, it should make voters wonder if our county is even secondary on the Senator’s agenda.
Recently, an inquiry was e-mailed to both Senator Browning and State Representative Margaret Rogers, who also represents both Pontotoc and Union Counties, but in the State House of Representatives, asking how they stood and voted or would vote on the issue of voter identification. From conversations with some of our readers, it was determined that this is an important issue in the Union County area where this newspaper circulates.
State Representative Rogers responded promptly with her vote in the House of Representatives, along with some helpful information of where the issue would go next. Union Countians see Representative Rogers and all indications are that she discusses issues with her constituents here and hopefully in Pontotoc County as well.
State Senator Browning has still not responded to the inquiry, one way or another. However, due to the newspaper’s desire to communicate what our state representatives are doing in Jackson, the Senator will continue to receive inquiries and reports as to his responses or lack thereof.
If there is an appropriate question to be asked from consideration of this lack of response, it would have to be, do we have representation in the Mississippi Senate? We’ve got a name, apparently he’s got the votes to stay in office, but we never see him and can’t even get an e-mail answered. There are reports and photos of Senator Browning attending events in Pontotoc and Tupelo, but no one seems to be able to remember the last time he attended any event in Union County.
When asked about Senator Browning’s attendance of the Union County Development Association’s annual meeting, one attendee said that “if he was there, he must have been hiding.” The next obvious question would ask if he had attended the Pontotoc County Development Association’s annual meeting.
The taxpayers and voters in Union County deserve and expect representation in the State Senate, even if that representation is fairly shared with another county. It would also help if that representation came with a little interest and attention.