TUPELO, Miss. – The Mississippi Public Education PAC (MSPEPAC), a nonpartisan political action committee that champions public education, has endorsed Rev. Otis Anthony in the District 31 House of Representatives special election runoff to replace Representative Sara Thomas, who retired at the end of June.
MSPEPAC was founded in 2016 by a group of passionate public school parents from around the state who advocate for high-quality public schools. The PAC’s mission is to help elect pro-public-education candidates to the Mississippi Legislature in order to strengthen, support and protect existing public schools in the state.
After an interview process and upon careful consideration, the MSPEPAC has chosen to endorse Anthony because of his strong commitment to support public education and his belief that Mississippi’s public schools should be adequately and equitably funded.
“Rev. Anthony is passionate about ensuring the children in his community have access to a quality education,” said Leslie Fye, a founding MSPEPAC board member. “He personally feels compelled to protect public schools in his district and around the state from privatization efforts.”
Anthony is a product of the Indianola Public School District, and his two children, Colee and Reagan, attend the Sunflower Consolidated School District. Both of his parents were educators, and his wife, Porchia, is a third-grade science and social studies teacher at East Sunflower Elementary. He believes the state’s funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), should be fully funded.
“In order to compete regionally and globally, our students must be given the tools necessary to do so,” said Anthony. “In order to do that, we must attract and retain high-quality teachers and use advanced technology and modern equipment as our counterparts do in neighboring states. We can do this now, if we raise the level of funding in our budget.”
Anthony, a Sunflower County native, graduated from Gentry High School and Tougaloo College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Agape College, where he will complete his master’s degree in May. He owns Anthony and Company, LLC, a Primerica financial planning agency, and pastors two churches in Lexington: Westgrove Baptist Church and Sweet Home Baptist Church.
A former alderman for the city of Indianola, Anthony is currently serving on the boards of several community organizations including Main Street Indianola, Indianola School District P-16 Council, Sunflower County Consolidated School District P-16 Council, Gentry High School Leadership Advisory Board and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Upsilon Chapter.
The runoff will take place Tuesday, November 27. House District 31 encompasses Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower and Washington counties.