Qualifying deadline nearing for special election

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The deadline to throw your hat in the ring for a special election in Lauderdale County is quickly approaching.

District 2 will have a special election for two open positions this November: Justice Court judge and constable. Judge Robbie Robinson has retired after 25 years of service.

The Board of Supervisors appointed Constable Ondray Harris as Justice Court judge and appointed Sheriff's Deputy Chris McFarland as constable until the special election.

If you're interested in qualifying, you'll need a petition signed by registered voters and a $100 qualifying fee by Sept. 8. Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says they're already seeing some interest which bodes well for the election.

"The more candidates, you've got more people involved, more churches, more neighbors, more relatives, and that stirs up enthusiasm, and we like enthusiasm with our elections," Johnson says.

The special election will be Nov. 7. Since the Justice Court and constable lines do not follow supervisor district lines, voters will need to check their voter registration cards to see if they're eligible to vote in this election.