Coahoma County District 5 Supervisor Dr. Roger Weiner has decided to move forward with plans of a Senatorial Campaign in 2012 against current U.S. Senator for the State of Mississippi Roger Wicker.
Weiner announced via the Clarksdale Press Register in early May that he would be forming an exploratory committee to see if it was feasible and viable option for him to seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Dr. Weiner has filed his qualification paperwork and says his run will not detract from his current duties as a Coahoma County Supervisor. If elected to the U.S. Senate, he will continue to serve in both capacities.
Currently Wicker serves as Deputy Whip and is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Veterans Affairs Committee. [my emphasis]
How great is it to live in a state where a (democrat) county supervisor challenges a (republican) incumbent US Senator and pledges that if elected he’ll keep his day job? (Which, by the way, he’s not doing too well.)
Let me be clear. I am no fan of Roger Wicker. But to understand why I find this so hilarious, let’s first look at what Dr. Weiner says. From the Clarksdale Press Register:
“I am extremely concerned where Mississippi has been, where it is currently and the direction it continues to go,” said Weiner. “When you are last or next to last in education, healthcare and family income, it leaves significant opportunity for improvement. My extensive background in healthcare and education certainly could maximize that opportunity.”
“Our leadership in Mississippi has failed to address these and other issues over the last decade in any cohesive matter. Even the extremely important responsibility of appointing U.S. attorneys has been deferred for 2 ½ years. This is an embarrassment which underlines the lack of leadership. For these reasons, I am seriously giving thought as to whether I can be an effective candidate against Roger Wicker in 2012.” [punctuation problems belong to the Clarkdale Press Register; my emphasis]
And then let’s look at some quick facts about Coahoma County, which is situated on the Mississippi River in the northwest corner of the state, one county to the south of Tunica County.
— the population of Coahoma Co. is 26,000– down 14.6% from 2000
— almost 1/3 of the population is under age 18 (1/4 in Mississippi overall, and 24% US)
— 54% of the population is female (about 51% in Mississippi and US)
— 23% of the population is white (compared to 59% in Mississippi overall)
— home ownership rate is 53% (compared to 70% MS overall); 20% of the population lives in “multi-unit structures (compared to 13.6% overall)
— per capita income is $15,100; median household income is $24,800 (compared to $36,800 MS overall)
— almost 40% of the population lives below the poverty line (22% overall)
— 74% of the population 25+ years old graduated from high school (79% overall Mississippi, 85% US)
— private non-farm employment is down 22.6% from 2000 (5.5% overall)
You can infer what you will from these stats. I’m thinking Dr. Weiner should put his “extensive background in healthcare and education” to work to address the high rate of unwed pregnancies* among his under-educated poor, unemployed, apartment dwelling fellow Coahoma County citizens.
*From these data, this is a leap, I know. But come on. Look at the age breakdown by sex available here. There just are not enough men in this county to pair 1:1 with the female population.
It’s hard to copy/paste tables. From left to right the columns are age group, absolute number, percent of total.
6 years and over 8,620 33.0
18 years and over 8,159 31.2
21 years and over 7,454 28.5
62 years and over 1,576 6.0
65 years and over 1,222 4.7
16 years and over 10,818 41.4
18 years and over 10,328 39.5
21 years and over 9,623 36.8
62 years and over 2,331 8.9
65 years and over 1,964 7.5
Do a quick calculation. By sex, take the number of males 18 and older, and subtract from that the number 62 and older. There are 6583 men in the county age 18-62. There are 7997 females in this age range.
Dang. If I’d just looked before typing…
HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE
Total households 9,461 100.0
Family households (families)  6,393 67.6
With own children under 18 years 2,882 30.5
Husband-wife family 3,004 31.8
With own children under 18 years 1,079 11.4
Male householder, no wife present 531 5.6
With own children under 18 years 223 2.4
Female householder, no husband present 2,858 30.2
With own children under 18 years 1,580 16.7
Nonfamily households  3,068 32.4
Householder living alone 2,691 28.4
Male 1,166 12.3
65 years and over 286 3.0
Female 1,525 16.1
65 years and over 749 7.9
Households with individuals under 18 years 3,661 38.7
Households with individuals 65 years and over 2,439 25.8
Average household size 2.69 ( X )
Average family size  3.32 ( X )
In Mississippi overall 10% of female householders live with their own children with no husband present.
Again– I’d say Dr. Weiner has some work to do in his own backyard before he goes to The US Senate and starts asking the rest of America to fix the “issues” in Coahoma County, Mississippi.