Absentee voting for District 54 ends Saturday

Published 9:00 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Voters in House District 54 have until noon Saturday to cast absentee ballots for the Nov. 7 special election to fill the unexpired term of former State Rep. Alex Monsour.

Three candidates, Vicksburg contractor Joe Bonelli, Dr. Randy Easterling, and Kevin Ford, owner of the Ford Insurance Agency, are running for the seat vacated by Monsour, who was elected South Ward Alderman for the city of Vicksburg in July. The special election is a nonpartisan race and the only election on the ballot in Warren County.

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“The clerk’s office will be open at 8 a.m. Saturday for absentee voting,” Circuit Clerk Jan Daigre said. “People will need to have their ID and show proof they are eligible to vote in this election.”

District 54 covers part of Vicksburg and the northern and eastern areas of Warren County, and a portion of the northwest part of the county.

The following precincts are included in the house district: all of the Bovina, Culkin, Oak Ridge and Redwood precincts, portions of the Cedar Grove and Kings precincts and all of precinct 3-61, part of Vicksburg Junior High School, all of the Beechwood and Plumbers and Pipefitters precincts, and part of the Tingleville precinct.

Anyone with questions about whether they can vote in the election can call the Warren County Election Commission at 601-638-8875, or the circuit clerk’s office at 601-636-3961.

Monsour, a Republican, resigned his seat in the Mississippi House July 5, about a month after defeating then-incumbent South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson in the June 6 municipal general elections.

His resignation came after a state Attorney General’s opinion said he could no longer serve as District 54 representative because under the city’s special charter the aldermen had administrative as well as legislative responsibilities.

Prior to winning the alderman’s seat, he had served in the Legislature for 10 years.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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