Britton joins GOP primary for Mississippi secretary of state

Source: Friends of Sam Britton
Source: Friends of Sam Britton(WTOK)
Published: Jan. 28, 2019 at 4:26 PM CST
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A first-term utility regulator says he is running for secretary of state in Mississippi.

Sam Britton of Laurel was elected southern district public service commissioner in 2015.

He is the second Republican to join the secretary of state's race. Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula announced his intentions months ago.

Third-term secretary of state Republican Delbert Hosemann is running for lieutenant governor.

The Mississippi Democratic Party has not said whether it has any candidates for secretary of state.

The secretary of state is Mississippi's top elections official. The office also regulates charities and public lands and provides business services such as registration of corporations.

March 1 is candidates' qualifying deadline for statewide, regional, legislative and county offices in Mississippi. Party primaries are in August, and the general election is in November.