Openly Gay Navy Vet Running for Congressional District Seat in Mississippi

Democrat Congressional candidate Michael Aycox may become the first openly gay person to win a congressional seat in Mississippi. Aycox is one of two Democrats and six Republicans running on the June ballot for the Mississippi primary in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

Aycox is married to his husband, Mario. The two tied the knot in New York in 2013 before Mississippi allowed gay and lesbian marriage.

According to the Clarion Ledger:

Aycox, a 30-year-old Navy veteran, and Mano were living in Florida at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville  when Aycox had an interaction with his Mississippi congressman that eventually spurred him to run for office.

Aycox was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016, and reached out to 3rd District U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper’s office for help with his medical treatment. Aycox said he was disappointed with Harper’s response time and vowed to one day run against him. Although Harper chose to vacate the seat this term, Aycox said he wants to run for office so he can be a congressman that’s “easy to get in touch with.”

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