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State Representative Larry Baker announced last week that he will seek re-election as a Republican. Baker, who was elected as a Democrat in 1999, has qualified for a second term as District 8 State representative.
As a result of redistricting, Baker's district now includes a portion of southern DeSoto County as well as a portion of Tate County.

In an Associated Press interview last week, Baker said, "Since I got DeSoto County, and lost some of my folks in Tate County, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get in step with the party that best suits my philosophy." He said that when friends and supporters urged him to run for state representative in 1999, he was convinced to run as a Democrat because all of the officeholders in Tate County were Democrats.

In an interview with the Democrat on January 20, Baker said that he feels that some of the things going on in the Democratic party today did not fit with his philosophy or the people of Tate County. "I am not making a big deal out of this," Baker said, "I feel like the people voted for the person and not the party. They voted for what I stand for and not the party I belong to."
Baker is the fourth lawmaker to switch parties since Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck switched parties in December. The Mississippi House now has 83 Democrats, 36 Republicans and three Independents.

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