Race to qualify for statewide elections begins New Year's Day

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Starting January 1, the statewide election season begins in Mississippi. And there will be dozens of positions on the November ballot for you to vote on.

We just learned one of the vacancies will be on the Public Service Commission. Central District PSC member Lynn Posey will not seek re-election. Posey spent 20 years in the Mississippi Senate, and the last seven years on the PSC.

Other questions to be decided next year include whether anybody will run against Governor Phil Bryant.  Or whether somebody will challenge Mike Ezell for Jackson County sheriff.

From now until February 27th, candidates can begin qualifying for statewide and county races.

This year's election is crucial. Voters will cast ballots for the entire legislature, the governor and other crucial statewide and county offices.

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Agriculture Commissioner will all be on ballots next year. House and Senate seats, as well as every county elected official will also be decided in 2015.

We'll be closely following who qualifies during the next 58 days and of course will keep you updated on WLOX News and on WLOX. com.

Primary elections will be held August 4 and the general election is set for November 3.

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