JACKSON – The field is becoming crowded to fill the vacant Northern District transportation commissioner slot.
On Thursday, two additional candidates announced intentions to run in the Jan. 11 special election. One is the brother of the late Commissioner Bill Minor, who died unexpectedly earlier this month.
Dennis Grisham, who is beginning his 28th year as a supervisor in Tippah County, also announced Thursday he would seek the transportation commissioner post.
Ray Minor, 66, said he is running to see to fruition the work started by his brother. Minor said his goal will be to increase the miles of four-lane highways in the Northern District.
He was a business partner with his brother in a hardware-plumbing business, but has never run for elected office.
Grisham is just completing a term as president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.
“I think I am qualified for the job, and I have been contacted by a lot of people about running,” said Grisham, who owned an asphalt company before being elected to the Board of Supervisors.
Other announced candidates are House Transportation Chair Warner McBride, D-Courtland; Joey Hood of Itawamba County, a longtime Department of Transportation employee; and John Caldwell, DeSoto Schools transportation director.
The qualifying deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 10.
Contact Bobby Harrison at (601) 353-3119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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