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State representative opens office at Kossuth Town Hall

Staff photo by Mark Boehler

Mississippi Rep. Nick Bain (right) speaks with Robert Wolfe at the legislator's district office dedication in Kossuth on Saturday.

By Jebb Johnston jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

KOSSUTH -- Alcorn County's smallest municipality in terms of population had a big day on Saturday.

Against the backdrop of the town's first heritage festival, which drew a large crowd of vendors and visitors, Rep. Nick Bain cut the ribbon on a district office which will help keep the state legislator in touch with constituents. He will use space in the town hall at 3 County Road 604.

"Kossuth is about geographically in the middle of my district," said Bain, who also serves as the town's attorney. "We just want to make ourselves available. This is just another way to let the people know we are here for their service."

He is planning to spend time in Kossuth on Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. for people to discuss state issues or other concerns.

Family, friends and a few judicial candidates were among the crowd. Mayor Don Pace welcomed the district 2 representative.

"We are proud of him," said Pace. "He's just like a grandson to me, and he does a tremendous job for the town."

Municipal Clerk Randy Holt believes the district office is the kind of outreach needed from elected leaders.

"I think him being here puts a representative of the people in amongst the people," he said.

Holt believes it will be convenient for Kossuth area residents to stop in at the town hall and voice their concerns.

Legislators receive no funding for staffing of district offices. Several of those present said they could not recall a state legislator maintaining a district office in recent times, if ever.