Skip to comments.Stephanie Summers-O’Neal Formally Announces Candidacy for U.S. Congress [MS-2]
Posted on 01/02/2004 11:30:45 AM PST by JohnnyZ
Jackson, MS -- Stephanie Summers-ONeal, a Jackson native and local business owner, announced her historic candidacy for Mississippis second congressional district during press conferences in Jackson and Greenville today. Summers-ONeal will be the first African-American, female, Republican elected to the U.S. Congress when Mississippians send her to Congress next November.
As a citizen of the Second District, I believe we deserve the best this country has to offer. We deserve better job opportunities so we can build better lives, quality education so our children can contribute to society, access to the best in health care, and strong communities in which to raise our families. The district deserves a change for the better, stated Summers-ONeal. I am ready for and excited about the possibility of serving the people of the Second District, added Summers-ONeal.
Summers-ONeal, an African-American and a Republican, will face two expected opponents during the Primary Election, March 9, 2004. Upon receiving the Republican nomination, Summers-ONeal will face 10-year incumbent, Bennie G. Thompson (D), in the November 2, 2004 General Election.
During the press conferences, Stephanie Summers-ONeal, a local business owner, spoke of her long family history of economic and community development contributions. She noted that she is the third generation of public servants.
Summers-ONeal is the granddaughter of W.J. Summers, owner of Summers Hotel and Subway Lounge, and granddaughter of George W. Stutts, Sr., philanthropist, oil businessman and retired farmer.
I am willing to put forth the hard work and dedication necessary to make a difference in the district. It is natural for me to have the desire to serve the Second Congressional District; my grandfather served this community with social and civic leadership. My father dedicated 25 years of his life to serving children, adolescents and adults in need. I have followed in those footsteps and dedicated my life to my Mississippi. I have the business experience to successfully implement my detailed plan that will lead to a better quality of life for citizens of the Second Congressional District, said Summers-ONeal.
Currently, Stephanie Summers-ONeal is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Trade Company, LLC (DTC) a domestic and international business development company. DTC serves U.S. companies in over 15 countries. DTC is well known for its export management and export strategy development services in the Oil/Gas, Aerospace, Telecommunications, Specialty Chemicals and Agriculture industries.
A native Mississippian, Summers-ONeal attended St. Joseph High School in Jackson, and received her B.A. in Biology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She resides in Jackson with her husband, Willie ONeal, Jr. and is a parishioner at St. Richards Catholic Church in Jackson, Mississippi.