HOUSTON – The deadline to throw your hat in the ring was Friday.
The list of local candidates seeking your vote filled up rapidly last week with candidates formally submitting paperwork to be on the ballot in Chickasaw County this year. The deadline also saw parties submit their list of candidates seeking state and regional posts with the Secretary of State.
Thirty-six local candidates have filed seeking to be part of 2019 Chickasaw County elections as of Friday afternoon.
While all county-wide offices had someone – mainly incumbents filing as Democrats – a number of Independent and Republicans have also qualified this year.
In statewide races ranging from Governor and Lt. Governor to Secretary of State and Transportation Commissioner there are 37 candidates seeking 10 major offices.
Friday marked the official start of the 2019 campaign season, although many local and state candidates have been actively campaigning since the first day to qualify on Jan. 2.
Statewide races have Chickasaw County native and current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood seeking the post of Governor. Hood faces nine other Democratic candidates in the primary. On the GOP side, three are seeking the Governor’s spot.
In 2015 Chickasaw County saw 53 candidates file for 15 local jobs.
The primary election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6, with runoffs set for Aug. 27. The General Election will be Nov. 5 and the runoff – if necessary – will be Nov. 26.
Qualifications vary from office to office but the main requirements are to be a resident and qualified voter from the district or county they plan to represent. Candidates may not have been convicted of a federal crime or certain Mississippi crimes defined as felonies punishable by incarceration in a state penitentiary, unless they have received a full pardon. They also may not be convicted of a crime in another state that is considered a felony under Mississippi law.
Candidates cannot have been legally declared mentally incompetent.
Candidates who filed with the Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk are:
• James D. Meyers, Democrat (i)
• Tiffany Lovvorn, Democrat (i)
• Cassandra L. Pulliam, Democrat (i)
• Sue E. Ard, Democrat (i)
• Elizabeth Ausbern, Independent
• Gene Barton, Democrat (i)
SUPERVISOR Dist. 1
• Shane Booth, Democrat
• Thomas Guido, Democrat
• Shenia K. Jones Democrat
• Anderson McFarland, Democrat (i)
• Joe W. Wren, Democrat
SUPERVISOR Dist. 2
• Bill Blissard, Democrat (i)
• Tim Cook, Democrat
• Robbie Lynch, Independent
SUPERVISOR Dist. 3
• Russell Brooks, Democrat (i)
• Glenn Huggins, Democrat
• Mickey R. Sloan, Democrat
• Kelvin Stanfield, Democrat
SUPERVISOR Dist. 4
• Tommie Bowens, Democrat
• Nathaniel Cunningham, Democrat
• Judy Dunn, Republican
• Branan Griggs, Democrat
• Pat Houston, Independent
• Jason Parks, Republican
SUPERVISOR Dist. 5
• Margaret E. Futral, Republican
• Lamon K. Griggs, Republican
• Michael Hall, Republican
• Russell “Wolfie” King, Democrat (i)
JUSTICE Ct. JUDGE, 1st Dist.
• Garry Turner, Democrat (i)
JUSTICE Ct. JUDGE, 2nd Dist.
• Judy Posey, Democrat (i)
• Andy Young, Democrat
CONSTABLE 1st Dist.
• Michelle M. Moss, Independent
• Billy Voyles, Democrat (i)
CONSTABLE 2nd Dist.
• Rahn Giddens, Democrat
• Unshay Randle, Democrat (i)
• Michael Fowler, Democrat (i)
Candidates for local state and regional offices who have filed with the Secretary of State are:
SENATE Dist. 8
• Kegan Coleman, Democrat
• Scott Griffin, Republican
• Mark Hancock, Democrat
• Benjamin Suber, Republican
• Beth Luther Waldo, Republican
• Steve Whitten, Republican
• Kathryn York, Democrat
REPRESENTATIVE Dist. 22
• Tommy Futral, Republican
• Jon Lancaster, Democrat
3rd DISTRICT ATTORNEY
• Ben Creekmore, Republican
Candidates must fill out a statement of economic interest online within 15 days of qualifying with the Secretary of State. The next campaign finance report deadline is May 10 for any contribution over $200. Failure to file either one of these reports can result in fines.
Questions or concerns about voting issues, policy and procedure for any election should be directed to the Secretary of State’s office at (601) 359-1350.
Questions or concerns about candidate qualifications, ethics and conduct while in office should be directed to the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division at (601) 359-4258.