Date set for District 36 special election

Gov. Phil Bryant has set March 12 as the date for a special election to fill the Mississippi House of Representatives District 36 seat left empty last month after the passing of Rep. David Gibbs.
So far, the race is between the Rev. Eddie Longstreet of West Point; Dr. Roderick Van Daniel of Aberdeen; Karl Gibbs, David Gibb’s only son, of West Point; Jimmy Davidson, of West Point; and Jeannie Johnson Staten of West Point.
Longstreet, who has pastured St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for 24 years, served as a staff member for U.S. Rep. Travis Childers.
Daniel earned a doctorate in rural community college leadership and a master’s degree in sports marketing from Mississippi State.
Staten is a retired teacher and social worker who has served as deputy chancery clerk for Clay County.
Gibbs serves as a police officer at the Columbus Air Force Base and is an Alcorn State University graduate.
Davidson is the owner of a construction company, Davco, Inc. and he studied at Prince George Community College and the University of Mississippi.
If no one candidate receives the majority of votes, a runoff election is set for April 2.
District 36 represents parts of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe counties. The district map shows the entire western edge of Monroe County and a portion of Aberdeen highlighted within the area.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is Feb. 11.

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