Wilbert Jones, executive director of Greater Meridian Health Clinic, and a close friend of the Young family, filed his qualifying papers Friday afternoon. Jones also sits on the board of the Meridian Election Commission.
Charles Young, Jr., had told Newscenter 11 that he was going to run, but has since changed his mind and cast his support to Wilbert Jones. He and close friends and family accompanied Jones to the circuit clerk's office.
Former Republican congressional and mayoral candidate Bill Marcy qualified Friday morning to run in District 82. He said he wanted to get more people involved in the political process.
"I'm looking to get people involved, a single message," said Marcy. "And we're talking prosperity in this community for all. We're talking about participation, becoming involved in the decision making in the state of Mississippi. "
Marcy is a Meridian native and a former police officer in Chicago.
Other candidates in the race are Roscoe Jones and Robert L. Barfield, Sr.
Ward 5 Meridian city councilman John Harris has said he will run for the seat but had not done so as of Friday at 5 p.m.
Friday was originally set to be the deadline for candidates to qualify to seek the House District 82 seat that had been held by the late Rep. Charles Young Sr.
Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson said she checked with state officials to see if the deadline could be extended by one day. She received her answer Friday morning that it is all right for her to accept qualifying papers since her office is open 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday for voter registration for the June 9 special election.
All candidates must be registered voters, be at least 21 years of age and have lived within House District 82 at least two years prior to the upcoming election.
All candidates must turn in at least 50 signatures from registered voters who live within the district.
The special election is June 9.