A lawmaker says Gov. Haley Barbour is being "downright disrespectful" by announcing a special election to fill Rep. Charles Young's state House seat before the longtime Meridian lawmaker is even buried.
Democratic Rep. Tyrone Ellis said Tuesday that Barbour should have given Young's family proper time to grieve. His funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Newell Chapel CME Church.
Young had been in the House since 1980 and died this past Wednesday. Barbour announced the next day that a special election will be held June 9. Candidates' qualifying deadline is May 10.
Barbour spokesman Dan Turner said the governor wants people in Young's Lauderdale County district to be represented as soon as possible.
After other lawmakers have died, Barbour has waited weeks or months to set special elections.