Carmichael will not seek re-election

Sen. Videt Carmichael (Source: WTOK-TV)

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi state Sen. Videt Carmichael, who represents District 33, will not run for a sixth term.

Carmichael was first elected as a Democrat in 1999 and switched to the Republican Party in 2002.

Carmichael, who chairs the Senate Insurance Committee and is vice-chair of the Investigate State Offices Committee, made the announcement Monday.

“It’s time,” said the 68-year-old in a brief statement issued late afternoon.

Carmichael has been teacher, principal and coach during his career. In the Senate he also serves on the Appropriations Committee, Business and Financial Institutions Committee, Corrections Committee, Energy Committee and Ports and Marine Resources Committee.

Carmichael is also a member and past chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, PEER.

Statewide elections will be held in 2019. Party primaries will be in August with the general election in November. Candidates must qualify to run by 5 p.m. Mar. 1.