JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Tate Reeves has set a nonpartisan special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House.
The race will be in District 88 in Jasper and Jones counties.
Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge of Laurel resigned Jan. 31, less than month after the start of the four-year term.
The freshman lawmaker said she had to choose between serving in the House and collecting her state retirement pay. She said she could not afford to relinquish the pension.
Candidates' qualifying deadline is March 2. The special election is April 21. If a runoff is needed, it will be May 12.