SDN Staff Reports
Four more candidates have qualified to run for various county elective offices since last week.
John Prate Montgomery Jr. qualified as a Republican candidate for District 1 supervisor, while Velisia “Lisa” Wynn, Leonardo “Knot Knot” Thompson and Michael R. Hunt qualified as Democratic candidates for tax assessor-collector, District 5 supervisor and coroner, respectively.
As of Tuesday night, the complete list of candidates that have qualified since Jan. 5 include the following (incumbents are designated with an “I” in parentheses):
• Dolph Bryan, Democrat (I).
• Steve Gladney, Democrat.
• Charles Sanders, Democrat.
• Monica Banks, Democrat (I).
• Debbie Carrithers, Democrat.
• Allen Morgan, Republican.
• Velisia “Lisa” Wynn, Democrat.
County Prosecuting Attorney
• Roy Carpenter, Republican (I).
Superintendent of Education
• James R. Covington Jr., Democrat (I).
• Michael R. Hunt, Democrat (I).
• Carl Clardy, Democrat (I).
• John Prate Montgomery Jr., Republican.
• Willie L. Thompson Jr., Republican.
• Tremell O. Sherman, Democrat.
• Orlando Trainer, Democrat (I).
• Marvell Howard, Democrat (I).
• Dennis Daniels Jr., Republican.
• Benny L. Perkins, Republican.
• Daniel Jackson, Democrat (I).
• Sheila Lane, Democrat.
• Leonardo “Knot Knot” Thompson, Democrat.
• John Young, Democrat (I).
Justice Court Judge, District 1
• William “Tony” Boykin, Democrat.
Justice Court Judge, District 2
• W. Bernard Crump, Democrat (I).
Justice Court Judge, District 3
• Buddy Johnston, Republican.
• James “Jim” Mills, Democrat (I).
• William H. Ford, Democrat.
• Joe Morse, Democrat.
• Shank Phelps, Republican.
• Curtis White, Democrat.
• Tim Cook, Republican.
• Curtis D. Randle, Democrat, (I).
• James Lindsey, Democrat (I).
How to qualify
Prospective candidates interested in running in one of the races on the Oktibbeha County ballot can pick up or 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.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 2, while the general election is Nov. 8.
Though new district lines for county district offices will also be drawn this year, the process will likely not be complete by the March 1 qualifying deadline, said Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis on Tuesday.
After consulting the Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday, McGinnis said candidates for county supervisor, Justice Court judge or constable may qualify under the current district lines.
Once the new districts are complete and approved by the necessary federal agencies, any candidate who finds himself or herself in a different district than the one in which he or she originally qualified will automatically see his or her candidacy shifted into the new district, McGinnis learned from the Attorney General’s Office.
“The qualifying paperwork would be changed administratively to reflect a district changes,” McGinnis said.
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 (according to 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 Clerk’s Office.
Candidates for state district or statewide offices must qualify with the appropriate state political party office in Jackson or, if an independent candidate, with the Secretary of State’s Office in Jackson.
In addition to the Circuit Clerk’s Office, copies of the various statements of intent for all candidates and petition forms for independent candidates 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 additional information, contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 323-1356 during regular business hours or visit the Secretary of State’s Office website at the address listed above.