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AUGUST 6, 2019

Serving with Purpose on Issues that Matter!

Edelia "Dr. Jay" Carthan has led a life of service. She has fought for civil rights, education, women's rights, race relations and more. Through her organization, “The Fabulous Life by Dr. Jay”, she continues to make an impact on the lives of young women state-wide as a mentor and guide. Dr. Carthan has also served as a beacon for justice, willing to step up and fight for the rights of her fellow Mississippians. 

Her journey has not been without trials. As a result of her pregnancy when she was in her teens, there was a point in her life when she thought that she would never be able to fulfill her dream of helping others. But with God's help, she overcame her adversities; and now her son, E.J., is a proud student of the historic Tougaloo College, where Dr. Carthan also works as Assistant Professor in the Division of Education, Supervision, and Instruction.


Dr. Carthan's career as a public servant didn't begin by happenstance. Her father was the first black mayor of Tchula, Mississippi, and he currently serves as a supervisor in Holmes County. So as she grew up, she was given special insight into what being an elected official truly means. She learned the mark of true leadership: An elected leader works for the people, and he or she is accountable to the people.




Dr. Carthan has carried these lessons throughout her life, and they govern her now as she seeks your vote for Mississippi House Representative of District 71. Dr. Jay only desires to continue her life of service; and she promises that she will represent and serve you under the dome of the Mississippi State Capitol. 


There are many issues that are concerning to the residents of District 71: education, women's rights, healthcare, infrastructure, small business and much more. Each of these issues is just as important to Dr. Carthan. As a resident of the community, she knows what District 71 is missing, and what it sorely needs.


She also knows that government should look like the people it represents. As your next Representative, Dr. Carthan pledges to bring diversity, a fresh outlook on issues, and an unwavering commitment to finding solutions. 


Dr. Carthan doesn't consider herself a politician. Instead, she prefers to say that she is a citizen of District 71 who hopes to have the honor of serving as your State Representative.


  • Fully-funded public education.

  • Adequate access to healthcare.

  • Women rights, including equal pay.

  • The improvement of race relations in Mississippi.

  • Job creation for those who can work.

  • The support of Mississippi entrepreneurs.

  • The protection of survivors of sexual assault.

  • Prison reform.

  • People over policies.

  • 2019 Education Policy Fellowship Graduate

  • 2007 Doctor of Education, Jackson State University

  • 2008 Graduate, Leadership Greater Jackson

  • 2010 Graduate, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy 

  • Educator and College Professor, Tougaloo College

  • Member, Mississippi Association of Educators

  • Member, National Education Association

  • Governor Phil Bryant’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teen Pregnancy

  • Education Policy Fellowship Program

  • Founder & Director, Camp Fabulous

  • Board Member, Dialogue Jackson