Thursday, December 16, 2010
Seven seek vacant position
By SUE WATSON
With barely a month to campaign, seven people have qualified with the Secretary of State’s office for the January 11, 2011, election to fill the position of transportation commissioner of the Northern District.
The position is vacant due to the death of commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs on November 1.
Marshall Countian Ray Minor, brother of the former commissioner, is one of the seven candidates.
Others who qualified to run are Dennis C. Grisham of Dumas, Joey Hood of Marietta, Larry Lee of Grenada, John M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit, Warner McBride of Courtland, and Mike Tagert of Starkville.
If there is a runoff between any candidates, that election is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2011.
The post will be on the 2011 general election ballot for local and state offices as well.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for local elections can turn in qualifying documents at the circuit clerk’s office beginning Jan. 4, 2011. The deadline for qualifying for local elections is March 1, 2011, while candidates for state legislature positions have until June 1 to qualify.
The deadline for voter registration for this special election was Friday, Dec. 10. The deadline for voting absentee on this special election is Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the circuit clerk’s office.
“We also will be open Saturday, Jan. 1, as well as Saturday, Jan. 8, for absentee balloting,” Carpenter said.
People who are disabled or unable to come to the circuit clerk’s office to vote absentee may request a ballot be mailed to their address. These ballots must be in the circuit clerk’s office by Jan. 10, 2011, at 5 p.m.
All county offices, including the circuit clerk’s office, will be closed for holidays December 24-27 and December 31-January 3.
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