As of Thursday, March 7, the following candidates had qualified to run for office in this year’s Pass Christian municipal elections:
Buddy Clarke (R)
Robin Rafferty (R)*
Amy Stewart Steiner (R)
Earl Washington (D)
Anthony Hall (D)*
Eugene Russell (R)
Victor Pickich (R)
Buddy Scarborough (R)
LyTanya Toomer (D)
Anita Giani (I)
Tommy Piernas (D)
Kenny Torgeson (R)
Chipper McDermott (R)*
Joseph Piernas, Sr. (D)
R – Republican
D – Democrat
I – Independent
* – Incumbent
All elected city offices, including mayor and aldermen, will be on the ballot on Tuesday, June 4. The deadline to qualify is Friday, March 8. Primary elections, if needed, will be held on May 7.
To qualify for office, candidates should stop by the Pass Christian City Clerk’s office in City Hall, 200 West Scenic Drive, for an application form.
The Gazebo Gazette will publish the names of all candidates who have qualified in every issue until after the qualifying deadline, at which time we will publish an article on all the candidates. We will also publish a full election guide before the primary and general elections. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 228-363-1973.
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The city’s ward lines will be different from the last election in 2009, due to population changes recorded in the 2010 Census. See below for a map showing the new ward lines. Also, candidates please click here to see the guidelines on submitting news.
School Board Elections Moved to November
A new state law means that the local school district election originally slated for March will now be held in November.
A trustee election in the area outside the city limits was set for early March, but the Pass Christian School District learned this week that a bill changing the election date had received U.S. Department of Justice pre-clearance and was thus effective immediately.
During the 2012 legislative session, Senate Bill 2074 revised the qualifying deadline for candidates for the Board of Trustees of added territory in certain school districts, and provided that the election shall be conducted by the county election commissioners on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
This week, the Mississippi School Boards Association received word that the U.S. Department of Justice had pre-cleared the bill. The change goes into effect immediately. Board members whose terms expire in March will be held over until Jan. 1, 2014.