FOR RELEASE BEGINNING
SUNDAY, DEC. 24, 2006

CONTACT: TERRY R. CASSREINO
Phone:
(601) 969-2913
E-mail:
cassreino@msdemocrats.net
Qualification begins Jan. 2
for candidates in 2007 elections

JACKSON (Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006) – Anyone who plans to run as a Democrat for statewide, state district, legislative or county office in the 2007 elections can begin filing qualification papers on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Candidates for statewide, state district and legislative office can file paperwork and qualifying fees from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Mississippi Democratic Party headquarters in Jackson. Candidates for county office must file paperwork and fees with their Circuit Clerk’s office.

Checks for the qualifying fee for statewide, state district and legislative offices must be made payable to the Mississippi Democratic Party. Checks for the qualifying fee for county office must be made payable to that county’s Democratic executive committee.

Qualifying forms for all elected offices are available at the Mississippi Democratic Party headquarters, 832 N. Congress St. in Jackson. The deadline to file qualification papers with the state party and Circuit Clerk’s offices is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

“If you want to run for office, now is the time to start making plans and preparing your necessary paperwork,” said Keelan Sanders, executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Party. “Before you know it, the March 1 qualification deadline will be here. Candidates don’t have any time to waste.”

Unless otherwise noted, candidates for all statewide, state district and legislative offices must be a registered voter in Mississippi and never have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term in the state penitentiary. Other requirements include the following:

• Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Candidates must be at least 30 years old; a U.S. citizen for 20 years; and a Mississippi resident for five years before the election. Qualification fee: $300 for governor and $200 for lieutenant governor.

• Attorney General: Candidates must be at least 26 years old; a practicing attorney for five years; and a Mississippi citizen for five years before the election. Qualification fee: $200.

• Secretary of State, state Auditor, state Treasurer and state Insurance Commissioner: Candidates must be at least 25 years old and a Mississippi citizen for five years before the election. Qualification fee: $200 for each.

• Agriculture Commissioner: Candidates must have a general knowledge of agriculture, mining, manufacturing, statistics and general industries; candidates also must be an experienced and practical agriculturalist. Qualification fee: $200.

• Transportation Commissioner: Candidates must be a resident of the state Supreme Court District they want to represent on the Mississippi Transportation Commission. Qualification fee: $200.

• Public Service Commissioner: Candidates must be at least 25 years old; a Mississippi resident for five years before the election; and a resident of the state Supreme Court District they want to represent on the Public Service Commission. Qualification fee: $200

• District Attorney: Candidates must be a registered voter of the district being sought and a practicing attorney admitted to practice before the Mississippi Supreme Court for two years. Qualification fee: $100.

• State Representative: Candidates must be at least 21 years old at the time they take office; must be a state resident citizen for four years; and must have lived for two years immediately before the election in the district they want to represent. Qualification fee: $15

• State Senator: Candidates must be at least 25 years old at the time they take office; must be a registered voter in Mississippi for four years; and must have lived for two years immediately before the election in the district they want to represent. Qualification fee: $15

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