After years of relatively ho-hum statewide elections, 2019 did not disappoint Magnolia State politicos. From a surprisingly fiery Republican gubernatorial primary to a nail-biter (comparatively speaking, anyway) of governor’s race that drew national interest, including from President Donald Trump, the year in Mississippi politics undoubtedly set a new tone for campaigns of the future. — R.L. Nave

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.