Nelson to run in election for Lowndes

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Anthony Nelson will replace Selvain McQueen as the Democratic candidate for Lowndes County sheriff.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/pPsMDD ) that the Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee named Nelson to replace McQueen on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. McQueen had defeated Nelson in the Democratic primary.

Nelson is Lowndes County Juvenile Detention Center administrator.

McQueen cited a potential Hatch Act violation as his reason for withdrawing from the race. The Hatch Act restricts certain political activities for federal employees and civil servants, including running in party elections.

McQueen’s potential violation of the Hatch Act came up due to his position as interim police chief for the city of Columbus.