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I am excited to announce that after much prayer and consideration, I will be running for the office of Chancery Clerk of Simpson County. The responsibilities of the Chancery Clerk are vast and most everyone will have business in or through this office at some point in their life. Having the correct person with the right skillset and personality is key to ensuring that those needs are met. (1 Timothy 2:1-4) commands that we are to pray for our leaders. I challenge you to do your research, pray for the candidates and for guidance to elect the person that will promote Christian principles through this office.

   I have lived in Simpson County most of my life and attended Mendenhall High School along with my brothers Lavon and Duran and my sister Paige. My parents Paul Gray and Melissa “Nita” Berry Russum and my grandparents Mr. WC Thames & Mrs. Maggie Winningham Thames made sure that we learned to honor our Lord and instilled solid moral values in each of us. We spent a lot of time at Main Street Baptist Church in Mendenhall where I came to know the Lord in a special way at the age of 13 years old. I have been married to Donna Guess Gray, originally from Georgetown, MS for 29 years and we have been blessed with two wonderful daughters Mackenzie Gray (25) and Macie Gray (20).

   I have been involved in local government for about 17 years and Alderman at Large for the City of Mendenhall for 14 years. Professionally, I am the national pricing manager of one of the largest metal coil coating companies in the United States. I have also been blessed to serve in different capacity on many committees, boards, and affiliations over the years. In these roles I have been very successful in helping the teams that I work with to define the challenges and draft plans to achieve their goals.

   If given the opportunity to serve in this capacity as Chancery Clerk, I would lead with integrity, honesty, and dependability that would make the citizens of Simpson County proud. I humbly ask for your vote on November 8th!

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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