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Special election runoffs continue across Mississippi

There are four special election runoffs today in the state of Mississippi.

House District 66, in Hinds County, was held by Jarvis Dortch who resigned in early July. Dortch was later named as the Executive Director of the ACLU in Mississippi.

The candidates vying for the House District 66 seat include Robert C. “Bob” Lee, Jr. and De’Keither A. Stamps.

House District 37, which covers Clay, Lowndes, and Oktibbeha counties, was previously held by Gary Chism of Columbus, who retired on June 30th.  Chism had served in the state legislature since 1999.

David Michael Chism and Lynn Wright are competing for House District 37.

Senate District 15, which includes portions of Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Webster, and Montgomery counties, was held by Gary Jackson of French Camp. Jackson, who left the Senate in late June citing health concerns, had served for 17 years.

The candidates vying for Senate District 15 include Bart Williams and Joyce Meek Yates.

Senate District 39, which encompasses Copiah, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Walthall counties, was held by Sally Doty of Brookhaven until she resigned in mid-July.  Doty was then appointed by Governor Tate Reeves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff.

The candidates in the running for Senate District 39 include Jason Barrett and Bill Sones.

Voters in the above districts have until 7 p.m. to vote, however if you are in line when the polls close, you will still be able to cast your ballot. Also, polls will be highly sanitized as voters are encouraged to wear masks and social distance but are not required to.

To learn more about today’s vote and how polls are being ran amid COVID-19, watch this interview with Secretary of State Michael Watson.

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