2019 election cycle begins with qualifying period

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

The New Year has arrived, which means the 2019 election cycle has begun.

Qualifying for a number of state and local elections began yesterday and will run through the end of the period on March 1 at 5 p.m., according to Sunflower County Circuit Clerk Carolyn Hamilton.

Hamilton said that anyone who is looking to run for any office during the 2019 cycle may pick up a packet at her office.

The packet includes detailed information such a list of offices up for re-election, the cost of qualifying fees for each position, the number of signatures required if running as an Independent, campaign finance forms, deadline dates and more, Hamilton said.

Here’s a list of offices that will be open in 2019.

County: Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor/Collector, Coroner, County Attorney, Supervisor District 1, Supervisor District 2, Supervisor District 3, Supervisor District 4, Supervisor District 5, Justice Court Judge Southern District, Justice Court Judge Northern District, Constable Southern District, Constable Northern District, School Board Member District 3 and School Board Member District 4.

State: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Commissioner of Insurance, Public Service Commissioner District 1, Transportation Commissioner District 1, District Attorney, State Senate District 13, State Representative District 29, State Representative District 30 and State Representative District 31.

Qualifying papers for all state races must be filed with the Secretary of State. Qualifying papers for all county races must be filed with the Sunflower County Circuit Clerk. If you are running as an Independent, the Circuit Clerk’s office will have to certify that the signatures on the petition are qualified electors in Sunflower County for county races and qualified electors of the district for district races.