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 is 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.