Hinds County Republican Party

530 George Street Jackson, MS 39202

James L. (Pete) Perry, Chairman Gerald Kucia, Secretary

IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2013

CONTACT: Pete Perry (601) 941-1491

Hinds County Republican Party to Conduct Primary Elections for Vacant Supervisor Districts JACKSON- The Hinds County Republican Party will hold a primary election in Hinds County Supervisor District 2 and District 4 for the November Special Election to replace the late Doug Anderson and Phil Fisher who was recently elected Mayor of Clinton. Pete Perry, Chairman of the Hinds County Republican Party said today that because the Hinds County Democrat Party decided to exercise a little-used authority to conduct special primary elections, the Republican Party had little choice but to conduct a primary as well. Mr. Perry said “There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Democrats’ decision to utilize the authority granted by Mississippi Code §23-15-841 ”although he acknowledged the normal practice in Mississippi is for all candidates to run non-partisan and to place all candidates’ names on the same ballot in special elections to fill vacancies. Mr. Perry said “I appreciate the cooperation exhibited by my counterpart in the Democrat Party, Jackie Norris, in agreeing on a date for the parties’ primary elections. Both primaries will be held on a day that allows enough time for candidates to qualify while leaving enough time for the two party’s nominees to campaign prior to the special election”. The first primary will be September 24, 2013 with a runoff election, if necessary, to be October 8th. Any candidate deciding to run for either of these two vacant positions on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors will be required to qualify by filing the standard qualifying form and paying the regular $15 qualifying fee with the Hinds County Circuit Clerk at her office in either the Jackson or Raymond courthouse by no later than Friday, July 26th. Candidates will be elected from the supervisor district boundaries as the existed in 2011, and voters will cast their ballots at their normal precinct location. The General Election will be November 5, 2013. ###

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