Thursday, March 19, 2015

Special Election Date for 1st Congressional District Set for May 12

Gov. Bryant set May 12 as the special election date to fill the seat
left vacant Mississippi's first Congressional District due to the death of U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee on February 6.

“Alan Nunnelee served the people of Mississippi with integrity and distinction,” Gov. Bryant said. “We will remember him and miss him long past this election.”

The qualifying deadline for candidates is 5 p.m. on March 27. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the special election, a runoff election will be held June 2.The winner will serve until January 2017 to complete the term that nunnelee started.

To date, eleven (11) candidates have qualified. These include Henry Ross of Eupora, Boyce Adams and Danny Bedwell, both of Columbus; state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo; Dr. Starner Jones of Pontotoc; District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo; attorney Chip Mills of Fulton; attorney Greg Pirkle of Tupelo; attorney Daniel Sparks of Oxford; Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville; and attorney Quentin Whitwell of Oxford.

In a special election, candidates run without a party label. If there is a runoff required, it will be held on June 2.