Four candidates are in the running to take over the seat for House District 60, Rankin County. Jim Giles, Morris Mock Jr., Bob Morrow, and Fred Shanks are set to face off in the special election which is set for February 20th. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in the special election was January 2, 2018.
The special election will fill the seat previously vacated by Representative John Moore of Rankin County, who retired early in December citing health reasons. However, just days after Moore announced his retirement, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn announced that there were sexual harassment complaints brought against Moore at the time of his retirement. During his time in the legislature Moore served as Chairman of the House Education committee. A position which has yet to be filled.
The Secretary of State’s Office said that the State Board of Elections will meet Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. to qualify candidates for House District 60. Leah Smith, Assistant Secretary of State of Communications said that the board consists of Governor Phil Bryant, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and Attorney General Jim Hood.