Special Election for House District 1 Announced

Gov. Bryant announced a special election will take place May 12th to fill the 1st Congressional District seat that has been open since Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s death on February 6th. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the 2-year term which will end in 2017.

State Rep. Chris Brown has said he will run. Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, businessman Quentin Whitwell, and attorney Chip Mills have expressed interest. Travis Childers, who formerly held the seat from 2008-2011, has yet to make an announcement. March 27th is the qualifying deadline.

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Special election to fill vacated 1st Congressional District

U.S. Rep Alan Nunnelee died on February 6th vacating the 1st Congressional District seat. The Governor must call for a special election to fill the seat within 60 days of the vacancy and the special election must be held no sooner than 60 days of the call per MS Code § 23-15-853.

As a strongly Republican area of the state, the office is expected to go to a Republican candidate. The most compelling Democrats, PSC Commissioner Brandon Presley and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, have both indicated they are not interested.

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