As of Tuesday afternoon, there were only two contested countywide races as candidates continue to file qualifying paperwork for this year’s election cycle. 

Incumbent Republican Circuit Clerk Anita Wray has drawn an opponent in former District 1 Election Commissioner Timothy N. Jenkins, also a Republican. Jenkins resigned his post as Election Commissioner to run this year and supervisors appointed Helen Carney on Monday to fill his seat. 

Local businessman James (Jim Harreld) has jumped into the District 4 Supervisor race. Harreld, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Republican David E. Bishop, who has also submitted qualifying paperwork. Former Supervisor Karl Banks, a Democrat, has also submitted paperwork, ensuring a contested election in November. 

The rest of the candidates who have submitted qualifying paperwork are incumbents and are currently unopposed. 

They include: Chancery Clerk Ronny Lott (Rep.), Dist. 1 Constable Michael Brown (Rep.), Dist 2 Constable Johnny Sims (Dem.), Dist. 3 Constable Will Weisenberger Jr. (Rep.), District 4 Constable Brad Harbour (Rep.), Coroner Alex Breeland (Rep.), County Attorney Pamela Hancock (Rep.), Dist. 1 Justice Court Judge Marsha Weems Stacey (Rep.), Dist. 2 Justice Court Judge Martina Griffin (Dem.), Dist. 3 Justice Court Judge Lloyd Spivey III (Rep.), Dist. 4 Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley (Rep.), Sheriff Randy Tucker (Rep.), Dist. 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones (Rep.), Dist. 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter (Rep.), Dist. 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen (Rep.), District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin (Dem.), Tax Assessor Norman Cannady Jr. (Rep.), and Tax Collector Kay Pace, (Rep.).

Recently-appointed Madison/Rankin County District Attorney John K. Bramlett Jr. has submitted qualifying paperwork to run for DA. Bramlett was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant in December to fill the remaining term following Michael Guest’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jill Ford and Johnny Black have both submitted qualifying paperwork for the Mississippi House of Representatives District 73 seat currently held by Cory Wilson. Wilson was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant in December to the Mississippi Court of Appeals beginning in February. 

District 58 State Rep. Joel Bomgar and Bruce Bartley have both submitted paperwork for the Mississippi House of Representatives District 58 seat. Bomgar defeated Bartley three years ago. 

District 25 State Sen. Walter Michel has also submitted paperwork for re-election. 

The deadline to submit qualifying paperwork is March 1.

This year’s primary is scheduled for Aug. 6, with the general election slated for Nov. 5.