The following have qualified for candidacy in the 2015 election for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Only the Gulf Coast region is represented below. For a complete list see Empower Mississippi‘s tabulation for the entire state.
District 93 (Hancock/Pearl River):
- Incumbent Timmy Ladner (R)
- Billy Joe Ladner (D)
District 95 (Hancock/Harrison): Incumbent Patricia Willis (R) of Diamondhead is unopposed.
District 105 (Greene):
- Dennis Cochran (D)
- Roun McNeal (R)
District 106 (Pearl River): Incumbent Herb Frierson (R) of Poplarville is running unopposed.
District 107 (George):
- Incumbent Doug McLeod (R)
- Austin Howell (D)
District 108 (Pearl River):
- Incumbent Mark S. Formby (R)
- Leaven Guy (D)
District 109 (Jackson): Incumbent Manly Barton (R) of Moss Point is running unopposed.
District 110 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Jeramey D. Anderson (D)
- Mitch Ellerby (D)
District 111 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Charles Busby (R)
- Kay Sims (D)
District 112 (Jackson):
- Incumbent John O. Read (R)
- Amanda Magee (R)
District 113 (Jackson): Incumbent Hank Zuber (R) of Ocean Springs is running unopposed.
District 114 (Jackson):
- Incumbent Jeffrey S. “Jeff” Guice (R)
- Dr. Barney W. O’Neal (R)
District 115 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Randall H. Patterson (R)
- Patrick K. Williams (R)
District 116 (Harrison): Incumbent Casey Eure (R) of Biloxi is running unopposed.
District 117 (Harrison): Incumbent Scott DeLano (R) of Biloxi is running unopposed.
District 118 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Greg Haney (R)
- John McCay, III (R)
District 119 (Harrison): Incumbent Sonya Williams-Barnes (D) of Gulfport is running unopposed.
District 120 (Harrison): Incumbent Richard Bennett (R) of Long Beach is running unopposed.
District 121 (Harrison):
- Incumbent Carolyn Crawford (R)
- Jeff Wallace (R)
- Hunter Dawkins (D)
- Brian Pearse (D)
District 122 (Hancock)
- Incumbent David Baria (D)
- Mickey Lagasse (R)
The following have qualified for candidacy in the 2o15 election for the Mississippi Senate. Only the Gulf Coast region is represented. For a complete list see Empower Mississippi‘s tabulation for the entire state.
District 40 (Pearl River): Incumbent Angela Hill (R) is uncontested.
District 45 (Forrest): Incumbent Billy Hudson (R) is uncontested.
District 46 (Hancock): Incumbent Philip E. Moran (R) is uncontested.
District 47 (Harrison/Jackson/Pearl River/Stone): With Sen. Tony Smith qualifying to run for the Public Service Commission Southern District, three candidates have qualified to replace him:
- Jimmy L. “Bo” Alawine (D)
- Rogena Mitchell (R)
- Joseph M. “Mike” Seymore (R)
District 48 (Harrison):
- Incumbent: Deborah Dawkins (D)
- Joseph B. Piernas, Sr. (D)
- Walter Crapps (R)
District 49 (Harrison):
- Incumbent: Sean Tindell (R)
- Katherine DeCoito (R)
District 50 (Harrison): Incumbent Tommy Gollott is uncontested.
District 51 (Jackson County):
- Incumbent Michael D. Watson, Jr. (R)
- Butch Loper (R)
Alisha Nelson McElhenney had qualified for the District 51 seat but switched her candidacy to the Lieutenant Governor seat following Watson’s announcement.
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With 2015 a state-wide election year, the upcoming session of the Mississippi Legislature is sure to be interesting. First, every member of the legislature and all state-wide office holders are up for re-election. Additionally, Initiative 42, the proposal to amend the state constitution to require fully funding MAEP, will be on the ballot and a possible alternative if passed by the Legislature.
With MAEP on the ballot, public education funding is certain to be a top issue for the legislature. The full MAEP formula has only been funded twice since adopted in 1997 (both times during election years) and, with Medicaid costs increasing, funding the full amount will require some combination of decreasing amounts for other services and higher education or raising taxes.
Tax relief is another political football and only the governor has proposed to give a tax credit to low to moderate income working families. The $5 state inspection sticker may also come up for consideration since it does not generate much revenue. Corporate taxes are also on the table; Mississippi is one of 13 states with a franchise tax that puts the state at a competitive disadvantage with other states in attracting new businesses.
With the scandals that have hit the Department of Corrections, Contract Reform will likely be another big topic this year. Tighter restrictions on no-bid contracts is likely to be politically popular this year.
Mark the calendar with these notable days in 2015:
- State Legislature Convenes: January 6th
- State Legislature Adjourns: April 6th
- Party Primary Election: August 4th
- Party Primary Runoff Election: August 25th
- General/Special Election: November 3rd
- Special Runoff Election: November 24th
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