Campaigns Start for County, State Offices
The 2019 election season officially begins on Jan, 2, 2019, the first day for filing qualifying forms. In some counties, candidates have already announced their intentions in local races. Up for grabs are statewide offices, district offices and county offices throughout Mississippi. Here is the major dates for the 2019 Election Cycle:
Wednesday, January 2 — Qualification period begins
Friday, March 1 — Qualification period ends
Tuesday, August 6 — Primary Election
Wednesday, August 7 — Qualification for School Board Elections begin
Friday, September 6 — Qualification for School Board Elections end
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 — Primary Runoff
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 — General Election
For information about school board elections contact your Circuit Clerk’s office using the links below. Other election deadlines will be posted in our calendar of events.
According to the Office of the Mississippi Secretary of State, the basic requirements for running for any office in Mississippi are as follows:
Qualified elector (registered voter) of the State of Mississippi and of the district of the office for which the candidate seeks election. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. XII, § 250.
Never have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, being defined as a crime punishable by a minimum of one (1) year confinement in the state penitentiary, unless pardoned for the offense. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. IV, § 44.
Never have been convicted of a felony in a court of this state; or, of a felony in a federal court or of a crime in a court of another state which is a felony under the laws of this state on or after December 8, 1992; excluding, however, a conviction of manslaughter or a violation of the United States Internal Revenue Code or any violation of the tax laws of this state, unless the offense also involved the misuse or abuse of an office or money coming into a candidate’s hands by virtue of an office. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. IV, § 44.
There are additional requirements, including the payment of a filing fee. Find the requirements for the office which you are considering with these links:
Run as a Democrat
We encourage all candidates to qualify as Democrats. On the county level, qualification is made by each county’s Democratic Executive Committee. It will be helpful for you to contact the chair of your committee as you qualify. Find your county chair using the following links:
Mississippi Democratic Party County Committees
On the state and state district level, qualification is made by the Mississippi Democratic Executive Committee. Please contact our State Field Director Jacqui Amos at (601) 969-2913 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our state office is located at 811 E. River Place, Jackson.
It is the responsibility of these party committees to certify that you meet the basic qualifications for office. In the case of non-partisan elections, the appropriate election commission makes that determination.
How and Where to Qualify
Candidates for county and County Districts pick up qualification papers and pay the qualification fees at the office of their County Circuit Clerk. Find your county’s Circuit Clerk office location and telephone number using the following links:
Mississippi Circuit Clerks by County
Candidates for state and state district office (including the House of Representatives) must pay their fees and get their qualifying papers from the Mississippi Secretary of States website.