From Staff & Press Reports
Mississippi voters will select party nominees for the U. S. Senate and U. S. House of Representatives next week.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3. Voters in Webster County will have to decide whether to cast ballots in the Democratic or Republican primary.
The Republican Senate primary pits incumbent Thad Cochran, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and Thomas Carey against each other. Cochran, 76, is a Pontotoc native who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. McDaniel, 41, of Ellisville represents District 42 and is an attorney. Carey is a DeSoto County Realtor.
On the Democratic side for senator, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, 56, of Booneville will go against Bill Compton Jr., Bill Marcy and John Rawl.
Compton, previously a Democratic candidate for governor in the 2011 elections who lost in the primary election, is a science teacher at Meridian High School. Marcy, a security director in Meridian, ran for the 2nd District congressional seat in 2012 as a Republican. Rawl is an Oxford-area resident and a magazine publisher.
In the U. S. House 1st District race, Republican two-term incumbent Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo will not face a primary challenge.
The District 1 representative Democratic primary features candidates Ron Dickey of Horn Lake and Rex Weathers of Glen. Dickey is a mental health technician, former police officer and Gulf War veteran, and Weathers is a Navy veteran and past candidate.
All non-partisan judicial elections this year will be held Nov. 4, along with general elections including races for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Tuesday will mark the first Mississippi election where a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, will be required before a voter can cast a ballot.
Only voters who lack an acceptable form of photo identification are eligible to receive a Mississippi voter ID card.
The cards are issued free of charge at the Webster County circuit clerk’s office in the County Office Building.
In-office absentee ballots may be cast from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Friday, and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the circuit clerk’s office.