Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

US House District 2

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Candidate picture

    Thomas L. Carey
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Brian Flowers
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

In February 2019, 31 hospitals in Mississippi were identified as "at risk of closing." That's 48% of public hospitals and the highest percentage of at-risk hospitals in any state. What will you do to insure the long-term access to healthcare for citizens in Mississippi?

All national rankings of quality of educational services continue to rank our state at or near the bottom. What will you do to help Mississippi change this and provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12 if elected as our federal representative?

In your opinion, what is the effect of money in politics? What changes, if any, would you propose, and what difference would these changes make?

What measures do you support to improve voter engagement and secure elections and voting in the United States?

Do you see areas where you could work on bi-partisan measures to solve issues?

What are your goals and priorities if elected or re-elected to office?

Campaign Phone (901) 485-1327
Twitter @TlcareyTom
Qualifications US CITIZEN;MISSISSIPPI RESIDENT SEEING WHAT GOVERNMENT HAS DONE TO OUR PEOPLE AND TRY AND FIX THE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY REALLY HAS QUALIFICATIONS WHEN RUNNING FOR THE FIRST TIME.
GET RID OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT(OBAMA CARE) BY THE DEMOCRATS OR AS I LIKE TO SAY THE UN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. OBAMA SAID YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN AND KEEP YOUR DOCTOR WHICH BASICALLY PROVED TO BE A LIE. GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTH CARE AND GO BACK TO PRIVATE INSURANCE ALLOWING TO CROSS STATE LINES LIKE CAR INSURANCE WHICH WOULD INCREASE COMPETITION AND LOWER HEALTH CARE PRICES.NOT SINGLE PAYER LIKE THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS WANT. WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE AND INTERVENTION.
ULTIMATELY AGAIN GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF EDUCATION.GET THIS RIDICULOUS COMMON CORE OUT OT THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE A CHOICE IN SCHOOLS.CONSOLIDATE SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHERE THEIR ARE SPARSELY AND FEW CHILDREN UNDER A SUPERINTENDENT THAT HAS LITTLE TO DO OTHER THAN DRAW A PAYCHECK.
UNFORTUNATELY IN THE DEMOCRATIC RACE WE SEE MAYOR BLOOMBERG WITH A SEEMINGLY UNLIMITED FUND FOR ADVERTISING WHICH SEEMS UNFAIR TO THE REST OF THE CANDIDATES TO VIRTUALLY BUY HIS WAY INTO THE RACE.NOT ONLY LIMIT PERSONAL FUNDS BUT ALSO CAMPAIGN FUNDS TO A BARE MINIMUM LIKE THEY ARE TODAY. BY LIMITING PERSONAL WEALTH YOU EVEN IT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH OTHER CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PERSONAL LIMITED FUNDS.I'M SURE THEIR ARE OTHER GREAT IDEAS BUT THIS MAINLY INSURES PEOPLE WITH WEALTH CAN'T BASICALLY BUY AN ELECTION.
OF COURSE WE DEFINITELY NEED VOTER ID(PICTURE) AND MORE VOLUNTEERS AT THE ELECTION SITES (PRECINCTS)TO KEEP OUT VOTER FRAUD AND VOTER INTIMIDATION. UPDATE THE MACHINES TO KEEP THEM FROM BEING TAMPERED WITH. ALSO ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PEOPLE WITH LIKE MINDED IDEAS AND STOP COMPLAINING WHEN YOUR PERSON OR PARTY DOESN'T GET ELECTED.WE NEED TO UPDATE AND PURGE THE VOTER ROLES(DEAD PEOPLE ETC.) ALSO PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOVED OUT OF AREA AND ASSIST WITH VOTER REGISTRATION.
I WOULD ALWAYS BE WILLING TO WORK WITH MY FELLOW CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS BUT MOST UNFORTUNATELY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS USUALLY THEIR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. WHAT I'VE SEEN FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS A FIXATION ON IMPEACHMENT FOR THE LAST TWO AND HALF YEARS WITH WILLING TO NOT REACH ACROSS THE ISLE FOR ANY NEGOTIATIONS EXCEPT THEIR POLICIES WHICH SEEM TO BE NOTHING BUT IMPEACH.
TO LOWER TAXES SO THE WORKING MAN AND WOMAN OF OUR STATE AND COUNTRY HAVE MORE SPENDING POWER FOR THEIR FAMILIES. SECOND WOULD BE TO GET WITH THE FARMERS AND PRIORITIZE THEIR LIST OF COMPLAINTS AND WORK WITH THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS IN FARMING. IN OTHER WORDS GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF FARMING AND LET FARMERS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST AND THAT IS FARMING. TRYING TO PROMOTE MORE JOBS NOT ONLY IN OUR DISTRICT BUT STATE. AGAIN CUT TAXES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE UNDER $250,000 INCOME YEARLY.
Campaign Phone (601) 506-4899
Qualifications American Citizen
I would work with the local hospitals to determine what they need and what they don't need. If a determination can be made on what is driving these hospitals to closure, then lawmakers can work together to pass a bi-partisan bill to ensure that these hospitals get the necessary supplies or manpower they need or remove any obstacles that have been deemed an excessive cost to the hospital that may be required but is not needed. The medical professionals at the hospitals know better than anyone else what they need and what they don't need. This would allow Mississippi to customize the healthcare of a specific area or region and would allow that hospital to operate for many years to come.
I would work with each of the school districts to find out what they feel would better serve the children. As a parent of 2 children in grade school and 1 in Jr. High School, I completely understand the struggles that the teachers and parents face every year. Lawmakers need to listen to what the teachers tell them as they would know better than some lawmaker in D.C that has never stepped foot in a classroom. Also, once a plan has been developed, the school districts will need to maintain the standard. A lot of our school districts just pass the kids onto the next grade or allow them to graduate without achieving the appropriate level of knowledge. This must stop. It doesn't help our children in the least bit and is not the quality education that will propel our children to the next level.
Money plays a huge part in politics. Good, bad, or indifferent. In my opinion, I believe that political races should have a cap on how much they can spend. That would put every candidate on the same playing field and the people could vote on what the candidate stands for, not how many ads they buy. Now, in politics in Washington, I believe the system is corrupt on many levels. I'm not sure how to fix it. The only thing I know to do is to call it out when people make underhanded deals behind the American people's back.
I believe Voter ID is important to ensure that the person coming to cast their vote, is who they say they are. I would push for Mississippi to start accepting early voting as well. The voting machines need to be updated after each election cycle to ensure they have the most updated cyber security to prevent tampering. A way to improve voter engagement, is to set term limits on elected federal officials. This would allow for new ideas and new blood into our government every few years and would drive the voters to engage with the politicians to find out what they stand for.
I think there are areas where bi-partisan measures could be worked out. Some of these areas I believe could be in education for our children and infrastructure. With politics in D.C. being as combative as they are, it will be a challenge to get a bi-partisan measure passed, but I do believe that it is possible.
The actions that the federal government takes should benefit the American people and as such the representatives that the districts of Mississippi send to Washington, should vote for the actions that will benefit the constituents of their district. The goals and top priorities that I want to immediately work toward would be, improving our infrastructure, the education for our children and address the flooding issues that our farmer in the Delta have to deal with yearly.