Special election to be held to fill empty representative positions

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 29, 2016

Governor Phil Bryant announced this week the state will be holding a special election on November 8 to fill two vacant seats in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
District 106, which covers parts of Pearl River and Lamar counties, was vacated when former Rep. Herb Frierson took over as the Commissioner of Revenue at the beginning of July.
Rep. Bobby Shows, of District 89, retired, leaving the seat in Jones County vacant.
The qualifying deadline to run for either office is October 10 at 5 p.m., said Pearl River County Circuit Clerk Nance Stokes.
No applications for the Pearl River County office have been submitted to her yet, said Stokes.
According to the qualifications and fees manual for Mississippi candidates from the Secretary of State’s Office, to qualify to run for state representative, a candidate must be a resident of the state for four years, be at least 21-years-old and be a resident of the district for two years before the election. Applicants must also pay a $250 fee.
Applicants must have not have been convicted of a felony, bribery or perjury, said Stokes.
The 2016 elections calendar plans for the regular special election to be held during the general election set for November 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. that day.
If there is no clear majority winner, there will be a runoff election on November 29.
Candidate qualifying forms can be found at http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Candidate-Qualifying-Forms.aspx.

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