By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – Seven people have filed qualifying papers to vie for the House District 5 post left vacant earlier this year when incumbent Kelvin Buck was elected mayor of Holly Springs.
The special election is set for Nov. 5. A runoff will be held three weeks later on Nov. 26 if no candidate garners a majority of the vote.
The seven candidates are Daylon Cannon, Andre’ De’Berry, Arthur “Clyde” Ellzey, John Gary Faulkner, Lee Edward Gill, Jacqueline Simon and Robert Earl Young, according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s web site.
Candidates in legislative special elections do not declare party affiliation. Instead of party primaries, all candidates, regardless of party allegiance, run against each other.
Buck was first elected to the post, which covers most of Marshall and a portion of Benton counties, in 2003. He was elected mayor of Holly Springs this summer and resigned from the House in late June before being sworn in as mayor.
Two other House special elections will be held the same day. Five candidates have qualified in both District 55, which covers parts of Warren County, and District 110 in Jackson County.
As in District 5, the incumbents in Districts 55 and 110 resigned after being elected mayor. George Flaggs in District 55 was elected mayor of Vicksburg and Billy Broomfield in District 110 was elected mayor of Moss Point.
Buck, Broomfield and Flaggs are all Democrats.
Before the ballots are printed for the special elections, the state Board of Election Commissioners must rule on the candidates’ qualifications. That meeting is set for Thursday.