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Benford, frequent candidate in Mississippi, dies at 79

December 27, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dorothy “Dot” Benford, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for several political offices in Mississippi, has died at age 79.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart told WLBT-TV that Benford was found at home Sunday after dying of natural causes.

Benford was the 2020 Democratic nominee in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, losing to Republican incumbent Michael Guest.

She ran for Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2019, losing in the Democratic runoff to De’Keither Stamps.

“We lost a passionate fighter for the Democratic process,” Stamps said. “She will be missed.”

In 2007, Benford lost to Charles Stokes in the Democratic runoff for Hinds County tax assessor. She also had run for Jackson City Council and the District 2 Congressional post.

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Former WMPR-FM radio host Malcolm Johnson said Benford “ran to make things better.”

“Ms. Benford and (I) had some hot rounds on the radio, whether we were on the same side or against one another,” Johnson said. “Then she would always call me after the program goes off and say, ‘Young man, you did well, but remember to tone it down and you will be OK.’”