Miss. voters to fill House seat today

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

Natchez &8212; Voters in House District 96 take to the polls today to fill the seat of David Green, who resigned in June.

Six candidates vie for the seat, which represents all of Wilkinson County and parts of Adams, Amite and Pike counties.

Only two of Adams County&8217;s 20 precincts are eligible to vote in the election, the 1,200 who vote at the Bypass Fire House precinct on John R. Junkin Drive and the 200 or so registered voters of the Beau Pre precinct sub-A.

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With none of the six candidates hailing from Adams County and the lack of other matters up for election, Election Commission chairman Larry Gardner said he wasn&8217;t expecting a big turnout.

&8220;It&8217;s hard to say what it&8217;s going to be, but generally when you have a special election and a district in such a small part of the county, you don&8217;t get a very good turnout,&8221; he said.

According to pre-election campaign finance disclosure reports filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State&8217;s office, Angela Cockerham of Magnolia has raised the most

&8212; $23,535.70 &8212; of the six. Larry Lee of Centreville raised $12,650.68. Three candidates &8212; Earl Dean Anthony of Woodville, Oliver &8220;OJ&8221; Packnett of Centreville, and Holmes Sturgeon of Woodville &8212; reported no campaign contributions. Dorothy Scott Dace Chesser of Liberty failed to file a pre-election disclosure report.

The reports were due Nov. 1, one week before the election. The Secretary of State&8217;s office said Chesser has until Nov. 11 to file the report. After that she could be fined $50 per day thereafter, regardless of how she finishes.

The election was originally scheduled for Aug. 30 but was postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.

Because it is a special election, candidates&8217; party affiliation will not be listed on the ballot.

If one candidate fails to receive a majority of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held two weeks from today on Nov. 22.