JACKSON – Most legislative districts in Northeast Mississippi, like those throughout the state, will see competitive elections later this year.
However, five incumbents in the region escaped Wednesday’s 5 p.m. qualifying deadline with no opposition. They are Sen. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, and Reps. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, Margaret Rogers, R-New Albany, Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville and Tommy Woods, R-Byhalia, according to the web sites for the two state parties.
State Republican and Democratic Party web sites revealed that the field to replace outgoing Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, in House District 3 is crowded. Bobby Wren of Rienzi, Jimmy Wayne Russell of Booneville and Tommy Cadle of Booneville — and one Republican — William Tracy Arnold — qualified to run to replace McCoy.
The candidates to replace Sen. Jack Gordon, D-Okolona, who died earlier this year, are Marshall Coleman of Calhoun City, Russell Jolly of Houston, Sherman Carothers of Okolona and Barry Springer of Houston on the Democratic side while one Republican — Patsy Gregory of Okolona — qualified.
Former state Rep. Jamie Franks of Mooreville, the 2007 Democratic lieutenant governor nominee and current Mississippi Democratic Party chairman, was a last-minute qualifier for the District 19 House post he once held. The incumbent is Democrat Mark DuVall of Mantachie, while other challengers include Democrat Brad Underwood and Republicans Randy Boyd and Alan Sheffield, all of Mantachie.
The party primaries are Aug. 2 and the general election Nov. 8.
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