Forth-one candidates have now qualified for the statewide and countywide elections.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 2 with the general election set for Nov. 8. The deadline for candidates to qualify is March 1.
Qualifying candidates include the following:
• Sheriff — Dolph Bryan (D), Charles Sanders (D), Steve C. Gladney (D), Jessie “Bone” Oden (D).
• Court Attorney — Roy E. Carpenter Jr. (R).
• Coroner — Michael R. Hunt (D).
• Circuit Clerk — Debra Prisock Wood (D), Dave Holley (D), Glenn Hamilton (R).
• Chancery Clerk — Monica W. Banks (D).
• Tax Assessor/Collector —Allen Morgan (R), Deborah Carrithers (D), Velisia “Lisa” Wynn (D), JoHelen “Joey” Walker (D).
• District 1 Supervisor — Carl E. Clardy (D), Willie L. Thompson Jr. (R), John Prate Montgomery Jr. (R), Ed Whitehurst Jr. (R).
• District 2 Supervisor — Orlando K. Trainer (D), Tremell O’Sherman (D).
• District 3 Supervisor — Dennis Daniels (R), Bennye L. Perkins (R), Marvell Howard (D).
• District 4 Supervisor — Bricklee Miller (R), Daniel B. Jackson (D).
• District 5 Supervisor — John L. Young (D), Sheila Lane (D), Leonardo Thompson (D).
• Justice Court District 1 Judge — Tony Boykin (D).
• Justice Court District 2 Judge — W. Bernard Crump (D).
• Justice Court District 3 Judge — Buddy Johnston (R), Jim Mills (D).
• District 1 Constable — Shank Phelps (R), Tom Roberson (R), Curtis White (D), William H. Ford (D), Joe Morse (D).
• District 2 Constable — Curtis D. Randle (D), Tim Cook (R).
• District 3 Constable — James Lindsey (D).
• County Superintendent of Education — James R. Covington Jr. (D).
Prospective candidates interested in running in one of the races on the Oktibbeha County ballot can fill out the necessary qualifying documents at the Circuit Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse Annex, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
All candidates for state or county office must:
• Be a registered voter in the state and the district, county or county district of the office for which they are running.
• Never have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment (unless having received a full pardon).
• Never have been convicted of a felony in a federal court or a felony in the court of another state as outlined in Section 44 of the Mississippi Constitution.
Countywide or county district office candidates seeking political party nomination must file a statement of intent and pay either a $10 or $15 fee (depending on the office) to the appropriate party executive committee via the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Countywide candidates running as independents must submit petitions containing signatures of 50 registered voters to the Circuit C.
Races on the 2010 primary and general election ballot include the following:
• Lieutenant governor.
• Secretary of state.
• State auditor.
• State treasurer.
• Insurance commissioner.
• Attorney general.
• Commissioner of agriculture and commerce.
• Public service commissioner.
• Transportation commissioner.
• District attorney.
• Senator (currently Senate Districts 15 and 16, but could change with redistricting)
• Representative (currently House Districts 23, 35, 37 and 38, but could change with redistricting).
• Chancery clerk.
• Circuit clerk.
• Tax assessor/collector.
• Superintendent of education.
• County prosecuting attorney.
• Justice Court judge.
• Election commissioner.
Copies of the various statements of intent for all candidates and petition forms for independent candidates are available at the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Forms may also be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s Office website at http://www.sos.ms.gov  by clicking under the link marked “Elections.”
For more information, contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 323-1356 or visit the Secretary of State’s Office website at the address listed above.