By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – The three-member state Election Commission took less than 10 minutes Wednesday to complete the task of approving the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.
“Everybody make sure they vote,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann at the conclusion of the meeting. Hosemann, along with Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood, make up the commission.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presided at Wednesday’s meeting in the absence of Bryant, who had a previous commitment.
The meeting was continued from Monday because of concerns about the Democratic nominee for the 4th District congressional seat in south Mississippi.
At Monday’s meeting, both Bryant and Hosemann said they wanted to check the affidavit of the original Democratic nominee for the seat – Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg – to ensure he was withdrawing from the race because of family issues.
The withdrawal for that reason would allow the state Democratic Party to name a new nominee.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Hosemann said he was satisfied that Herrington was withdrawing because of family issues.
The Democrats then named Matt Moore of Biloxi, a full-time student at Gulf Coast Community College, to replace Herrington. Moore will be the underdog against Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo.
The Democrats do not have a candidate in the 3rd District against Republican incumbent Rep. Gregg Harper.
Republican Bill Marcy will challenge Bennie Thompson, the state’s lone Democratic congressman, for the 2nd District slot.
In the 1st District, which includes most of Northeast Mississippi, Democrat Brad Morris of Itawamba County will challenge Republican incumbent Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo.
Democrat Albert Gore Jr. of Starkville is running against Republican incumbent Roger Wicker of Tupelo for the U.S. Senate.
At the top of the ballot will, of course, be the presidential race. The ballot will include Democratic President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and several third- party candidates. Also on the ballot in Northeast Mississippi will be an election for the Supreme Court between Josiah Dennis Coleman of Oxford and Richard “Flip” Phillips of Batesville. They are vying to replace George Carlson who is stepping down.
The ballot also will include various other local contests, such as school board elections.
There are two other contested Supreme Court races and one Court of Appeals contest that will be on the ballot in other parts of the state.