Joel Bomgar Announces Candidacy for House District 58

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MADISON – Joel Bomgar has filed papers with the Mississippi Republican Party officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican Primary in Mississippi House of Representatives District 58. House District 58 includes a large portion of the City of Madison as well as some areas of the City of Ridgeland.

Bomgar, a technology entrepreneur who founded the multi-million dollar Bomgar Corporation, brings a strong depth of business experience to the legislative race. He believes what he has done in business can be replicated in the Mississippi Legislature. “Madison County has gotten it right – we have great schools, safe neighborhoods , and strong traditional values,” said Bomgar. “It’s important that our conservative values are represented as our community continues to grow. We need innovation to move the state forward. That’s what I’ve done in business, and that’s what I will do as a legislator.”

Great schools, safe streets, and lower taxes are three key components of Bomgar’s platform. “There are a number of issues facing our state, and I know that we can use conservative, free market principles to solve them,” Bomgar stated. “I want to help expand and grow Mississippi’s economy. The best way to do this is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship at home. The Legislature can either help do this, or it can get in the way. I want to serve to make sure it helps.”

In October 2014, current State Representative Rita Martinson announced that she would not be seeking reelection to her House District 58 seat. Bomgar thanked her for her service saying, “I sincerely appreciate Representative Rita Martinson’s years of dedicated service to the district and hope to follow her leadership.”

Bomgar brings his track record of innovative business experience and community leadership to the upcoming election. As Founder, CEO and now Chairman, he grew Bomgar Corporation to become one of Mississippi’s largest technology companies. He has created more than 100 jobs in Madison County and successfully built and led his company to serve 8,500 customers in 60 countries from their Madison County headquarters.

Bomgar has served on the board of Madison County Foundation and is a member of the Belhaven University Board of Trustees. The Mississippi House of Representatives and Mississippi Senate have commended Bomgar for creating jobs and economic success in Mississippi. The Madison County Economic Development Authority has honored him with the Visionary Leadership Award. He graduated from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and served six years in the Mississippi Air National Guard. Joel and his wife Rachel are the proud parents of four children: Amelia, Simon, Mark, and Seth.  They live in Madison and are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.