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Municipal Elections Reminder

on Feb 8, 2017
We are now less than one month from the March 3rd deadline for individuals to qualify to run for municipal offices later this year, We are seeing tremendous enthusiasm across the state among Republicans for municipal elections. Below are some important reminders about key dates and issues related to the elections.

Key Municipal Election Dates

March 3: Deadline for individuals to qualify as a candidate for municipal office. Click here for information on how to qualify.

May 2: Primary Election Day

June 6: General Election Day

Republican Municipal Committees

For individuals to run for municipal office as a Republican, the municipality must have in place a Republican Municipal Executive Committee. Municipal Committees, among other duties, approve the qualifications of party candidates for municipal office and, if necessary, conduct (or contract with local municipal election officials to conduct) party primary elections.

If a Republican Municipal Committee wasn’t elected in 2013 to operate for this year’s primary elections, and a Temporary Municipal Committee for this year hasn’t been formed, the county Republican Executive Committee should operate as the Municipal Committee and must notify the Municipal Clerk that it will be doing so.

Regardless of who is serving as a municipality’s Republican Committee—i.e., a Committee elected in 2013, a temporary committee, or the county executive committee—the Chairmen of the committee or his or her designee MUST attend a certification training session conducted by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office. Click here for more information on upcoming training sessions (4 sessions remaining with last session occurring February 22).

How You Can Help

1. Encourage Republicans to run for municipal office or consider running yourself!

2. Contact your local Republican leaders to make sure your municipality either has a Republican Municipal Committee formed or that your County Executive Committee will be performing that function.

It is critical that Mississippi Republicans continue the momentum from last year’s historic Republican victories into this year’s municipal elections. We cannot sit idly by and allow the Party of Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to continue to win elections at the municipal level in Mississippi.

Thank you very much for everything you do for the Republican Party, our candidates, and for advancing conservative principles in our nation, state, and municipalities.