Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole and Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef will appear jointly at the Monday, August 4, 2014 Stennis-Capitol Press Forum, which will be held at The Capital Club, 125 South Congress Street, 19th Floor, Jackson, Mississippi.
The event is open to the public, however pre-registration by noon Friday, August 1, is required. Cost to attend is $20, payable at the door (Make checks payable to Stennis Institute). To pre-register send an email to email@example.com indicating your attendance.
On August 29, 2011, Rickey Cole was appointed Executive Director of the Mississippi Democratic Party. On June 30, 2012, Cole was elected to a four year term as Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party. Since that time, he has served as the full-time chief executive officer of the state party, with primary responsibility for the administration and development of the Democratic Party in Mississippi. On January 22, 2013, Rickey was unanimously elected to represent the Southern Region on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs.
A seventh generation Mississippian, Rickey Cole has spent most of his adult life marketing Mississippi agricultural products, organizing grassroots networks, and serving as a leader, spokesman, administrator, advocate, advisor and strategist in Democratic politics. He attended Mississippi State University and studied political science on a John C. Stennis scholarship
Cole was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi on August 18, 2001, serving until July 29, 2004. During his tenure, the state party renovated its headquarters, launched a state party website and a toll free phone hotline, upgraded office technology, secured party ownership of an updated 1.6 million name voter file, gave long overdue tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer by re-naming its signature annual event the Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner, settled a seven-year outstanding lawsuit, raised and spent over 1.2 million dollars, and successfully retained Democratic majorities in both houses of the Mississippi legislature. In December of 2005 the Young Democrats of Mississippi named their Legislative Internship stipend the “Rickey L. Cole Scholarship”.
On January 11, 2012 the Mississippi Republican Party’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to elect Joe Nosef as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. He was then elected to a full four-year term at the State Convention on May 19, 2012.
Joe grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he graduated from Lee Academy in 1987. He attended Ole Miss earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. He graduated from Ole Miss law school and also obtained an LL.M. degree in taxation from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Joe has practiced law in the Jackson area for over fifteen years. During this time, he has served on boards of various charitable organizations in the metro area, including The Salvation Army, the Metro Jackson YMCA, Young Business Leaders of Jackson (inter-denominational businessmen’s Christian ministry), Jackson Young Lawyers Association, SafeCity Initiative, Ballet Mississippi and the Hinds County Economic Development District Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Marsha Barbour Community Center located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Joe graduated from the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program in 1999 and was recognized in 2001 by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” businessmen in Mississippi. Joe was a member of the Commission for a New Mississippi, having been appointed in early 2009 by Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant. He is a reader member of The Clarion-Ledger editorial board where he authors a guest column several times a year.