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.
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.
2015 Constitutional Amendment Ballot Language [Click to view larger]
The biggest issue on the November ballot is the proposed state constitutional amendment for public school funding. With competing alternatives on the ballot, Initiative 42 and Initiative 42A, voters will make two choices: whether to amend the state constitution at all and, if approved, whether to amend with the language of Initiative 42 or Initiative 42A.
Every voter with vote on BOTH issues regardless of whether they vote “Yes” or “No” to amend the constitution. In the language of the ballot, voters will first choose “for approval of either initiative” or “against both initiative[s].” In the event “approval of either initiative” receives a majority of the vote, all voters must vote on the second issue “for Initiative Measure No. 42” or “for Alternative Measure No. 42 A.”
Geoff Pender filed the following report in The Clarion-Ledger to describe the ballot approval process and the constitutional amendment choices:
Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday approved the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, including two dueling constitutional amendments on school funding.
Voters will have to pay attention to their ballots in November – it gets a little tricky around the education funding initiatives.
“It is a complicated ballot, because we have two votes (on the initiatives),” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “I trust voters will read both of those explanations on the ballot and make an informed decision.”
Incumbent Sheriff Melvin Brisolara was pushed to a runoff with Troy Peterson in the August 4th Republican Primary. The two debated on Thursday, August 13th and largely agreed on priorities but dissented about whether their implementation has been adequate and also differed on the future management of the department. The winner of the August 25th runoff will become the Harrison County sheriff as there is no Democrat opponent for the November 3rd general election.
Also in the Harrison County Republican runoff, Ricky Dombrowski and Angel Kibler-Middleton will square off for District 2 County Supervisor, Tonya Wayne Ladner and Darrin Ladner for District 5 County Supervisor, and James Morgan and Richard H. Quave for District 1 Constable.
The Democrat Primary will only see one runoff in Harrison County; Chris Fisher and Kent Jones will vie for the party’s nod for District 4 County Supervisor.
Incumbents mostly won the day in Mississippi Gulf Coast primary elections on August 4th. The biggest surprise of the election came in the Democrat primary for Governor. Political unknown Robert Gray won the primary against the Democrat’s chose standard-bearer Vicki Slater. Slater, an accomplished trial lawyer and small business owner, had been the MS Democrat Party favorite and received the most endorsements of any of the primary candidates. Gray, a retired firefighter and truck driver, will face Gov. Phil Bryant and Reform Party candidate Shawn O’Hara in the November 3rd General Election.
County primaries were mixed with several races heading to runoff elections on August 25th:
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFFS:
- Hancock County Supervisor, District 5: Tonya Wayne Ladner and Darrin Ladner
- Harrison County Sheriff: Melvin Brisolara and Troy Peterson
- Harrison County Supervisor, District 2: Ricky Dombrowski and Angel Kibler-Middleton
- Harrison County Constable, District 1: James Morgan and Richard H. Quave
- Jackson County Circuit Clerk: Randy Carney and J.T. Martin
- Jackson County Tax Assessor: Nicholas Elmore and Greta Hearndon
- Jackson County Supervisor, District 1: Barry E. Cumbest and Sabrina Smith
- Jackson County Supervisor, District 3: Michael R. Whitmore and Ken Taylor
- Jackson County Supervisor, District 4: Tommy Brodnax and Troy Ross
- Jackson County Justice Court Judge, District 1: Gerald Wayne Jones and Matt Lachaussee
- Jackson County Justice Court Judge, District 4: David McVeay and Daniel P. Guice, III
DEMOCRAT PRIMARY RUNOFF: Harrison County Supervisor, District 4: Chris Fisher and Kent Jones
Complete results from the primary election are linked below.
Prepare now for the August 4th Primary Elections! If registered, you can vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary but not both.
Find your polling place AND sample ballot at the Secretary of State’s POLLING PLACE LOCATOR. The Polling Place Locator not only provides your voting precinct but also Democrat and Republican Primary ballots for your address.
Plan now as information on local candidates is often difficult to find than for national or even state-wide candidates. Search candidate websites, the Sun Herald, the Clarion-Ledger, the Blessings of Liberty, and other local and state media sites and blogs for more information.
If you are not registered, don’t wait to register for the General Election on November 3rd. Residents must register at least 30 days prior to election day. Visit your county’s Circuit Clerk for more information.