Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Press Release from the MS Secretary of State

Below is a press release from the MS Secretary of State's office.  2015 will be a busy year in Rankin County politics.  There will be at least two open Supervisors seats, including the Reservoir's District 2.  Names are already surfacing for that position.  Further, if the state legislature approves a third Chancellor's spot and/or splits Circuit District 20, that will introduce a couple of judicial races as well.

QUALIFYING PERIOD OPENS IN MISSISSIPPI
Jackson, Miss.—The qualifying period for state elected offices is now open in Mississippi.  The following offices are open for election in 2015:

·         Statewide Elected Officials
·         State Senators and Representatives
·         Transportation and Public Service Commissioners
·         District Attorneys
·         County Offices:  Sheriff, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Coroner, Superintendent of Education, County Attorney, Surveyor
·         County District Offices:  Supervisors, Justice Court Judges, Constables

The qualifying period began January 1, 2015 and ends at 5:00 pm on February 27, 2015. 

“Serving the citizens of the State of Mississippi is not a decision to be taken lightly,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “I encourage potential candidates to review the guidelines and requirements before submitting qualifying papers for public office.” 

Partisan candidates submit qualifying papers with their respective political parties for statewide, legislative and state district offices.  Only independent candidates for statewide, legislative and state district offices submit qualifying papers to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

Both partisan and independent candidates for county or county district offices file qualifying papers with their respective Circuit Clerk.

For all rules and requirements for qualifying for elective office, please review the 2015 Candidate Qualifying Guide:  http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/2015%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide.pdf

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've heard that as of Monday January 5th we've already had quite a few folks file paperwork in Rankin County...

msqueenkw97 said...

Dr. Sue Townsend is running for RCSD Super!

Anonymous said...

She sure is! What a breath of fresh air for our county and school district!

Anonymous said...

How do we find out who has qualified?

Anonymous said...

Help me out, please. Who is Sue Townsend and is she affiliated in any way with the district? If so, where and what capacity?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Townsend worked for almost 30 years for RCSD. She has served as a secretary, teacher and principal. She retired from Stonebridge Elementary. She will no doubt be a BIG change from the current administration. She's a no nonsense hard worker, and her main focus is serving students of the district. Check out her Facebook page to learn more! www.facebook.com/suetownsendforsuperintendent

Anonymous said...

Is she in any way related to anyone working for the district, either currently or in the past?

Anonymous said...

Dr. Townsend is in no way related to the current administration, however, her daughter and son-in-law are currently employed at schools within the RCSD. They were hired after Dr. Townsend retired from the district. They both understand that upon her election as Superintendent neither will receive promotions in any way.

Anonymous said...

7:29- according to her bio on facebook her daughter is a librarian at Highland Bluff and her son in law is a teacher/coach at Brandon. Her husband is in law enforcement all in Rankin County. Not saying she isn't qualified, but it would be nice for some of these candidates that are running for the various public county offices to have work experience and families not all on the county dime. Career county employees...it has to impact their perspective.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Townsend is in no way related to the current administration, however, her daughter and son-in-law are currently employed at schools within the RCSD. They were also hired on their own merit after Dr. Townsend retired from the district. They both understand that upon her election as Superintendent neither will receive promotions in any way.

@7:42am Dr. Townsend has worked in the the trenches for the RCSD and has seen the waste that currently takes place. She is running a campaign on integrity and on doing what is right for the kids of the school district. Her mission in her career has always been about the children, and not about special interests, or repaying "favors".

Anonymous said...

What are her plans, if elected, for current administration officials on Highway 80? Will everyone be retained? Will she clean house?

What are her plans for curriculum changes, especially for gifted children? How does she feel about common core? Will she address the growing concern in the Northwest zone about overcrowded schools? The Reservoir area plays a big part in funding the district but we are left begging for scraps when it comes to giving our kids the bare minimum in space and classroom resources. Does she have any plans to address this inequitable allocation of money?

Anonymous said...

Looking at the CL article on who has filed to run, Bobby Franklin looks like another interesting candidate. Where can we find out more info on him? Does he have family currently employed with the district?

The third candidate is currently an assistant superintendent. No thanks. Not voting for anyone in the current administration.

Anonymous said...

"but it would be nice for some of these candidates that are running for the various public county offices to have work experience and families not all on the county dime. Career county employees...it has to impact their perspective."

A husband and wife team would be disastrous as would be the case with Mr. Morrison.