There’s still more than month to go before the qualifying period ends for the August primary elections, however many of the races have come into better focus as candidates have qualified for the ballot.
At the county level, a number of offices will have contested races for the Republican nomination and advancement to the November general election.
Information from the Circuit Clerk’s office indicated incumbent Misty Taylor Heffner facing a challenge from Hugh Armistead for Chancery Clerk. Hernando Police Chief Scott Worsham has filed to challenge incumbent Sheriff Bill Rasco on the Republican side.
A pair of Republican challengers have qualified for Tax Assessor, as Jeff Fitch and Roger Palmer will both be on the ballot. Mitzi Stewart Hodge and Bryant Bobo will be considered on the GOP side for District 2 Constable.
Incumbent District 5 Constable Lee Hodge will face a challenge from Timothy Curtis.
One race that has garnered more interest is the District 3 Supervisor seat, where Bobby Glen Reed, current Southaven alderman Charlie Hoots and Ray Denison have all qualified to run.
Current Supervisor Bill Russell has announced he would not be running for re-election this year.
Lee Caldwell, the current Board of Supervisors President serving District 4, has a primary challenge from Kendall Prewitt.
Other county offices have only one person qualified and no challengers as of Thursday.
At the state level, information from the state Republican Party website listed current state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves as challengers for the Republican nomination for governor.
Republicans who have qualified through the party for legislative office include all three state Senators currently representing DeSoto County: Chris Massey in District 1, Dr. David Parker in District 2 and Kevin Blackwell in District 19.
GOP House members representing DeSoto County that have filed for re-election include Dana Criswell in District 6, Steve Hopkins in District 7, Jeff Hale in District 24, Dan Eubanks in District 25, Ashley Henley in District 40 and Bill Kinkade in District 52.
At least two legislators, Hopkins in District 7 and Eubanks in District 25, are facing challenges.
Kimberly Remak, a former county Republican Party leader this week announced her candidacy to run against Hopkins in District 7 .
Meanwhile Randy Denton announced his challenge to Eubanks in District 25.
The continuing thread of these announcements is that everyone listed is a Republican. The state Democratic Party is not offering a list similar to what is found on the state Republican Party website and apparently won’t until after the March 1 deadline.
Individually, some Democrats have announced their intentions on their own, such as current Attorney General Jim Hood, who has made public his plans to seek Gov. Phil Bryant’s office.
Hood is facing two Democratic challengers, Velesha Williams of Madison and Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon.
At the county level, no Democrats are listed in the information provided by the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.