An Open Letter to Jay Hughes

July 9, 2019


It is no secret that I am the mother to the child who was hurt by South Mississippi Smiles. It is no secret that I openly advocate for children in Mississippi.

In my ambitions to do so I have reached out to many politicians. I have spoken to many house representatives inside of this great state of Mississippi, many of them simply ignoring me or mocking the special needs community of children all together.

When I reached out to you what I found was a man that was true to everything he has said. I started to look over your values and the first thing I read was transparency.

Every single politician has that same word in their own campaign. Everyone says they want to be transparent that they are tired of the “Good ole boys club.” They are lying, but when you say you are transparent you mean it!

I spoke with you and told you everything I could about what South Mississippi Smiles had done along with the dental boards role in it, your response was profound in not what you said, but your actions behind it.

You simply said, “I am going to do everything I can to help you, I give you my word”

In the beginning I did not believe you. I had been ignored by so many politicians already that I simply could not believe that you were actually going to help me.

After all, I am just a mother fighting for her child, I hold no importance in any political standing.

You proved that when you say that you are here for every single person in Mississippi you mean it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

I am normally not a political person, I do not associate with a party because I believe that we should all simply just be apart of the human race party.

The most distinct thing that I can say is that I am a resident of the coast, about three hours from where you live. You are not my local house representative, in fact I contacted every single representative on the coast and not a single one would even return my phone calls.

You responded the same day, you got on the phone, you showed compassion and understanding and you held true to your word.

Every time I have reached out, you have been there answering questions. Any time you did not have an answer you held true in saying you were going to get the answer.

Not only did you show me that you cared about what I was saying but, you showed that you cared for children.

In a state where children are not protected, where it is so easy to take advantage of children you showed no fear in standing up and saying I am going to help you, I am going to help your child!

I have told my child’s story so many times, with tears streaming down my eyes, and every politician would simply look away, you have cared beyond measure. You cared more then you had too.

You are the exact type of person Mississippi needs, not only for the people, but for children, for women.

Today, you stood up to the dental board with me, with no fear. When I saw that I could not contain my excitement, I was flooded with gratitude.

I could not believe what I was seeing. It is such a rare occurance to see a politician in Mississippi actually help the people living inside of Mississippi without being forced to help that I could not believe what I was seeing.

For so long I have felt like I would never be able to help children, that I would never get justice for what happened to my child because I was not part of the “good ole boys” club.

Seeing what you did today, brought more hope to my soul then you could ever imagine, and I as a mother could never repay you for that.

You will have my vote in not only this election, but every election!

I will always support you, Advocating for Elijah’s Voice will always support you for as long as you are in office.

You have shown that your true love for public education, transparency, and all children of Mississippi is true and pure and I could never thank you or repay you enough!

My voice, may not be huge, but with whatever voice I do have I can tell you that I will always tell everyone I can that you are what Mississippi needs to be better, to get better.

I can never repay you for all of your help, but I know I can start with giving you my vote and hoping that people will see this, and give you theirs as well.

What they will find, is that if they ever have a problem that when they try to contact you, they won’t be talking to an empty voicemail, they will not send a message that will never be read.

They can rest assured that it will be you on the other end of the message; that you will personally reach out them your self, and that you will do every thing you can for them, no matter what walk of life they come from.

You truly love Mississippi and all of the people inside of it, and I am beyond grateful to have been able to speak with you!

You will forever have my vote!


A beyond grateful mother

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