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By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – The field is set for the special election to fill the vacant state House District 21 seat.
Six candidates have qualified for the special election that will be Jan. 23. The deadline to enter the race was Monday.
The special election is being held because Mike Mills resigned the post in November after he was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Kirk Fordice. Fordice was able to make the appointment after Chief Justice Armis Hawkins resigned. Normally Supreme Court justices are elected.
Mills had just been elected unopposed to his fourth term in the House when he received the Supreme Court appointment.
The vacant House district covers portions of Itawamba County, including Fulton, and Monroe County, including Aberdeen.
The six candidates vying to replace Mills are:
– Tom Booth, 41, of Amory, an accountant employed by Best Financial Services.
-Roy Foster, 52, of Nettleton, owner of Inmon Furniture Manufacturing in Shannon.
– Robert Gray, 50, of Fulton, an accountant and current manager of golf course in Fulton..
– Bill Miles, 57, of Fulton, owner of an advertising, printing, public relations business in Tupelo.
– Philip Pearson, 32, of Fulton, vice president of 21st Century Energy in Fulton.
– Bob Richmond, 55, of Amory, a production worker at True Temper Sports in Amory.
Four of the six candidates said they would run as Democrats if they had to choose a party. Booth and Foster said if they had to choose they would run as Republicans.
The special election is nonpartisan. All candidates will be on the same ballot. The candidate who gets a majority of the votes will be the winner.
If no candidate gets a majority in the Jan. 23 special election, the top two vote-getters will be in a Feb. 6 runoff.
The winner of the race will have to hit the ground running. The Legislature convened Jan. 2.
The House usually has 122 members and the Senate has 52. But the District 21 seat and the District 68 seat are both vacant in the House. Dennis Sweet, who represented District 68 in Hinds County, resigned for personal reasons before the session began.