Mississippi auditor files papers to seek 4-year term

Shad White (Source: State of Mississippi)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Republican appointed to last year to be Mississippi state auditor is now running for a full four-year term.

Shad White filed his qualifying papers Tuesday at the state Republican Party headquarters.

White says in a video posted to social media that he will "continue to be aggressive in finding embezzlement and fraud."

White is an attorney from Flowood. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him as auditor in July to succeed Republican Stacey Pickering, who had held the office since 2008. Pickering resigned to lead the state Veterans Affairs Board.

Auditor is one of eight statewide elected offices in Mississippi.

The deadline for qualifying to run in statewide, regional, county and legislative elections is Mar. 1. Party primaries are in August, and the general election is in November.