Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Elections in Rankin and Madison Counties

In addition to Presidents and Congressmen, this year Mississippi voters will elect appellate judges and election commissioners.  Plus, there are a few special elections here and there.  What can Madison and Rankin County residents expect to vote on this year?

Rankin County

Chancellor -- Last year, Governor Bryant appointed Judge John McLaurin to fill the unexpired term of the late Dan Fairly.  Judge McLaurin must now run in a special election this year to fill the remaining unexpired term.  He has drawn one opponent, Jackson lawyer Jim Nix.  The qualifying deadline is May 6. No other are expected to enter the race.  

Court of Appeals -- Last year, Governor Bryant appointed Jack Wilson to fill the unexpired term of retiring Justice Larry Roberts.  Judge Wilson must now run in a special election this year to fill the remaining unexpired term. He has drawn one opponent, Madison County Judge Ed Hannan.  The qualifying deadline is May 6.  Others may possibly enter the race.

Election Commissioners -- The qualifying deadline for Election Commissioners is June 6.  All Commissioners are up for election.

School Board -- The qualifying deadline for School Boar is September 9.  These terms are staggered, Rankin County will be voting on Districts 1 and 2 (South part of the county)

Madison County

Court of Appeals -- Only a portion of the contested Court of Appeals District runs through Madison County.  Essentially, the heavily populated areas around the City of Madison and Ridgeland are included in the district.  The vast remainder of the county is not included.  

County Court -- Earlier this year, Governor Bryant appointed Will Longwitz to fill the unexpired term of Judge Steve Ratcliff.  You recall the voters gave Judge Ratcliff a promotion to the Madison/Rankin Circuit Court.  Judge Longwitz will have to run this year to fill the unexpired term. I do not know if he has an opponent.

Election Commissioners -- The qualifying deadline for Election Commissioners is June 6.  All Commissioners are up for election.

School Board -- The qualifying deadline for School Boar is September 9.  These terms are staggered, I do not know which districts will be voted on this year for Madison County.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

please vote for a different school board member

We also need a new school board lawyer