Election qualifying update: 5 candidates added this week

Published 4:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2023

Both incumbent Lincoln County election commissioners have qualified to run for reelection and three new candidates have announced their bids for the Board of Supervisors.

On Wednesday, District 2 Election Commission incumbent Janice Hart Haley qualified as Republican. Haley was elected in November 2022 to serve a one-year term. She was appointed to the position in April by the Board of Supervisors following the resignation of Tiffany Furr.

District 4 Election Commission incumbent Denise White also qualified as a Republican. White has served as a commissioner since she was elected in 2020.

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Early in the week, Jason McDonald qualified to run for the Board of Supervisors District 3 post as an Independent. The other three candidates for the seat have registered as Republican — John David Hart, Ricky W. Nations and Brooks Warren.

Cory Wallace also qualified to run for the Board of Supervisors District 4 post as a Republican. He will face Eli Ferguson and Todd Bowlin in the primary.

On Friday, Virgil Stewart qualified as a Republican for Supervisor District 2, and will face incumbent Republican Jerry McGehee.

To date, 34 people have qualified for Lincoln County positions. Most have registered as Republican.

The following have qualified to run for Lincoln County offices, as of 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20:

  • Sheriff — Incumbent Steve Rushing (R), Kelly Porter (R), Troy Floyd (R), Willie J. “Meeka” Gayten Sr. (Independent)
  • Chancery Clerk — Incumbent Alisha McGehee (R)
  • Circuit Clerk — Incumbent Dustin Bairfield (R)
  • Tax Assessor/Collector — Incumbent Blake Pickering (R)
  • Coroner — Blake William Wallace (R), James D. Martin (R), Joseph “Little Joe” Honea III (R)
  • Surveyor — None
  • Supervisor District 1 — Incumbent Jerry Wilson (D), Donnie “Speedy” Hedgepeth (R)
  • Supervisor District 2 — Incumbent Jerry McGehee (R), Virgil Stewart (R)
  • Supervisor District 3 — John David Hart (R), Ricky W. Nations (R), Brooks Warren (R), Jason McDonald (Ind.)
  • Supervisor District 4 — Eli Ferguson (R), Todd Bowlin (R), Cory Wallace (R)
  • Supervisor District 5 — Incumbent Doug Falvey (R), Grady Case (R), Mark David Porter (R)
  • Justice Court Judge Post 1 — Incumbent Ian Smith (R), Shelley H. Barron (R)
  • Justice Court Judge Post 2 — Incumbent Roger Martin (R), Shane Banks (D)
  • Constable Post 1 — Justin Case (R), Lance Lewis Jr. (R)
  • Constable Post 2 — Incumbent W. Lavon Boyd (R), Wade Hinshaw (R)
  • Election Commissioner District 2 — Incumbent Janice Hart Haley (R)
  • Election Commissioner District 4 — Incumbent Denise White (R)

The first day of qualifying for 2023 elections in Mississippi was Tuesday, Jan. 3. Qualifying ends Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

The Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. If needed, a run-off will be three weeks later, on Aug. 29. The General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7. A run-off, if needed, will be three weeks later, on Nov. 28.

County offices on the ballot are: sheriff; chancery clerk; circuit clerk; tax assessor/collector; coroner; surveyor; supervisors for all five districts; Justice Court judges, posts 1 and 2; constables, posts 1 and 2; and election commissioners for Districts 2 and 4.

State offices on the ballot are: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, treasurer, commissioner of insurance, commissioner of agriculture and commerce, transportation district commissioners, public service district commissioners, state representatives for Districts 53 and 92, state senator for District 39; and District Attorney District 14.

Each candidate must be a resident of the county and district for which they are running for at least two years by Nov. 6, 2023. All county offices or county district offices have a fee of $100 per party or independent, and must include signatures from 50 active voters in that district. Election commissioners have no fee, but must provide the 50 active voter signatures.