Geography could thwart Mississippi Board of Health pick

8L2G_e273a51d6acd8b092c0f4a504700014aJACKSON — Geography could kill Gov. Phil Bryant’s nomination of an anti-abortion activist to the Mississippi Board of Health.

Bryant nominated Terri Herring of Ridgeland for a six-year term, starting July 1.

State law specifies the 11 board members must come from certain parts of Mississippi.

Two must be from each of the four congressional districts, totaling eight members.

Three must come from state Supreme Court districts — one each from northern, central and southern.

There are already enough board members from the central Mississippi districts where Herring lives. But the board would be one member short from the north.

Bryant’s staff was reviewing the law Monday after The Associated Press pointed out the geographical requirements.

The governor, a Republican, nominated Herring to succeed Ellen Williams from the northern city of Senatobia.

by Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press