South Mississippians will vote on November 8th to fill the State Supreme Court seat vacated when Justice Randy Pierce resigned in February of this year (2016). Governor Phil Bryant appointed Dawn H. Beam to fill the seat until a replacement could be elected.
On Tuesday, Beam will be challenged by Michael T. Shareef. An overview of each candidates background and judicial philosophy is provided by the Hattiesburg American.
Four candidates are vying for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R): Palazzo (R), Mark Dey Gladney (D), Richard “Ric” McCluskey (L), and Shawn O’Hara (Reform).
AFA Action provides a fairly comprehensive guide to the issues and positions of each candidate HERE although incumbent Rep. Palazzo didn’t respond to the survey.
Each candidates positions can be researched at their campaign websites listed below:
The 2016 General Election is November 8th. Mississippi Gulf Coast voters vote for a variety of other positions:
- U.S. President
- Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District
- Southern District of the State Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals
- Election Commissioner
- School Board
To find where to vote and see who is on the ballot, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.
While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton consume the news cycle, there are several other candidates running for election and on the ballot in Mississippi. Those candidates and links to their campaign websites are listed below:
A screenshot of the 2016 Values Voter guide is below and documents many of the positions of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. See the entire guide at FRC Action.
Countless other voter guides are available online. Below are links to a few:
Family Research Council published their 2016 Presidential Candidate Voter Guide. A snapshot of the “Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide” details both Republican and Democrat candidates’ positions on marriage, abortion, religious liberty, and other contemporary issues. A snapshot of the guide is provided below but the entire guide, with an exhaustive reference list, is available on the FRC website.
The Presidential Voters Guide above was last updated by FRC on 7 March 2016. FRC updates their website and candidate information becomes known and as candidates drop out of the race.
Tuesday, March 8th is Mississippi’s opportunity to choose who they want representing them in the November General Election. Both Republicans and Democrats hold their primaries on the same day and, since Mississippi is an “open” state, anyone can vote for either party.
While both the Democrat and Republican parties have had many contenders drop from their respective primary races, many will still be listed on the ballots. For the Democrats, the ballot will have the following:
- Hillary Clinton*
- Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente
- Martin O’Malley
- Bernie Sanders*
- Willie Wilson
The Republicans have reduced the number actively campaigning to four but the list of names on the Mississippi ballot also remains lengthy:
- Jeb Bush
- Ben Carson
- Chris Christie
- Ted Cruz*
- Carly Fiorina
- Lindsey Graham
- Mike Huckabee
- John R. Kasich*
- George Pataki
- Rand Paul
- Marco Rubio*
- Rick Santorum
- Donald J. Trump*
Asterisks indicate those candidates with active campaigns.
In addition to the widely publicized Presidential Primaries, South Mississippi will also be selecting their choice to represent the respective parties for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo is running unopposed for the Republican ticket while Democrat Mark Gladney is running unopposed to challenge Palazzo in November.
To see a sample of your ballot and find your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.
Don’t forget to vote in the 2015 General Election Tuesday, November 3rd. This important election will not only determine all state-wide, regional, and county-wide offices, but also whether the state constitution is amended with respect to education.
Make you voice heard and vote!
As home to both Nancy Loome and Philip Gunn, Clinton, MS hosted an election forum and provided opportunities to the Parents’ Campaign leader and House Speaker to present their positions on Initiative 42. See the video below.
Initiative 42 and the Legislative Alternative 42A are a ballot initiatives to change Mississippi’s Constitution with respect to public education. The ballot is long and detailed so every voter must study this issue before voting November 3rd. The specific changes to the State Constitution can be studied here.
The anticipated results or consequences vary widely. Proponents say Initiative 42 will require the Legislature to fully fund MAEP (the State’s funding formula for public schools) and phase it in over a number of years based upon state tax revenues. Opponents say Initiative 42 will seriously impact the state budget, reduce other state services including public universities and community colleges, and could tie-up all kinds of education issues in the courts.
The November 3rd General Election will decide all state-wide offices, county-wide offices, state legislators, and proposed state constitutional amendments.
The week of September 28th is the last week to register for the 2015 General Election. See your county’s Circuit Clerk to register or visit Register & Vote! for more information.