Early Look At Special Election Candidates
We have three important special elections coming up on January 11 including two to fill the legislative seats opened by Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee’s election to Congress.
The qualifying deadline is December 12. Here is a brief look at candidates who are in the race. As with special elections in Mississippi, no party ID will appear on the ballot but we did our best to locate the party the candidates belong to.
Senate District Six. This is the seat previously held by Alan Nunnelee (and Roger Wicker immediately before that). Tupelo City Councilman Mike Bryan formally entered the race today. Bryan is a Republican. You can read more about Bryan here.
Tupelo businessman Doug Wright has also entered the race. He is a Republican. You can check out Wright’s campaign website here and a profile on him here.
Stacy Scott is also in the race. He is currently a teacher at South Pontotoc High School and previously served as an alderman in Sherman. Scott said he is an independent. Here is a profile of Scott.
Nancy Adams Collins has also announced her candidacy. She helped to establish Sanctuary Hospice, is a registered nurse and a community activist. I am unaware of her party affiliation. Here is a profile of Collins.
House District 116. This is the seat previously held by Steven Palazzo. We know of two candidates in the race, and Gulf Live has some information on them here.
Real estate broker Jim Atchison of Biloxi has entered the race along with Mississippi Public Service Commission storm/ disaster coordinator Casey Eure, also of Biloxi. Both candidates are Republicans and most recently spoke at a Tea Party meeting in St. Martin.
Atchison opined that he expects five others to enter this race. In this heavily Republican district, Palazzo did not face a general election opponent three years ago.