WATER VALLEY – Politics are supposed to be heating up in Mississippi, but the political scene is Yalobusha County is as cold as the January weather.
Candidates for the looming municipal elections began qualifying last Wednesday across the state. However, a check with the clerk’s offices in Water Valley, Coffeeville and Oakland revealed that no one had qualified and only one potential candidate had even picked up paperwork to begin the procedure.
Deadline for qualifying is March 8 with party primaries set for May 7 and runoffs, if needed, May 21. The general election is June 4.
According to Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman’s 2013 Municipal Candidate Qualifying Guide a political party candidate must submit a filing fee of $10 by 5 p.m. at least sixty days prior to the primary election to the municipal clerk’s office.
Along with the fee, the candidate must submit a written statement of intent containing name and address, name of the party with which the candidate is affiliated, and the office the candidate is seeking.
Independent candidates do not pay a qualifying fee, but to qualify as an independent the candidate must file a petition with the municipal clerk by the same qualifying deadlines as party candidates.
The petition must be signed by at least 50 qualified voters of the municipality or ward, if the municipality or ward has a population of 1,000 residents or more. If the municipality or ward has a population of fewer than 1000 residents, only 15 qualified voters have to sign.
The petitions are available at the municipal clerk’s office, the Secretary of State’s office or downloaded from www.sos.ms.gov.
Water Valley city clerk’s office is located in city hall at 101 Blackmur Drive at the corner of Blackmur Drive and Railroad Street; Coffeeville town clerk’s office is at 14615 Depot Street; and Oakland’s is at 13863 Hickory Street.