Both Democrats and Republicans will Primary elections on August 4th to choose their candidates for State Auditor.
Incumbent Republican State Auditor Stacey Pickering is being challenged by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler for the Republican nomination.
Engineer and same-sex marriage advocate Jocelyn Pritchett and retired firefighter Charles Graham, both of Jackson, will vie for the Democrat nomination.
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The qualifying deadline for the 2015 state election is February 27th but few candidates have candidates have entered. Some of the significant questions surround the statewide offices:
- Who will be the Democrat Candidate for Governor? Attorney General Jim Hood is a front-runner but he has indicated little interest.
- Who will run for Lieutenant Governor? Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has contemplated challenging incumbent Tate Reeves.
- Who will be running for Attorney General? Will incumbent Jim Hood attempt reelection?
- Will Stacey Pickering run for reelection as State Auditor? Republican challengers Mary Hawkins Butler (Madison Mayor) and Sen. Michael Watson (Pascagoula) have already expressed interest.
A wildcard in the 2015 elections is Sen. Chris McDaniel. He is thought to be a credible Republican challenger for Attorney General but has also indicated his interest in Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State. However, McDaniel may be more set on federal office and wait to challenge U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo for the 4th Congressional District in 2016.
The 2015 Election will be November 3rd with any party primaries 3 month prior on August 4th.
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