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Using radio and television commercials citing health issues, Rep. Steve Holland, democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress, is focusing on his experience in the State House of Representatives and as Chairman of the Public health Committee as reasons he can quickly impact concerns important to the people of the First District of Mississippi.

"I have authored legislation to expand stroke care, restore 65,000 needy to Medicaid and make reality for children's health insurance in Mississippi," Holland said. "I led the fight to establish a first class burn center for our citizens."

His initial schedule of television commercials aired throughout the district this week to supplement his campaign radio spots. hi response to questions from the Jackson Clarion Ledger newspaper, the 25-year veteran of the Mississippi House, said his legislative experience equips him to "jump start" service in Washington for the current vacant seat.

"The economy is the single most important issue right now because it affects all other matters," he said. "Accessible affordable health care depends upon a healthy economy with healthy people. Middle class status for many families is in jeopardy because medical costs, prescription drugs, high gas and energy prices all threaten working families. Job security depends upon work force training and educational opportunities at all levels. My record is unsurpassed in the Mississippi House of Representatives. I want to continue to work for these values in Washington."

Holland, a Plantersville Democrat, is vying for the nomination on March 11. There are four candidates on the ballot, but the special election to send someone to Washington has been set for April 22 by Gov. Haley Barbour.

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