Gov. Phil Bryant has set March 12 for special elections to replace three former House members who were elected judges in November.
The 2019 Mississippi Legislature convenes Tuesday with at least three vacancies due to state lawmakers being elected judges and another lawmaker who will join the Court of Appeals in February.
Bryant set the elections for the seats formerly held by Reps. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson; Willie Perkins, D-Greenwood; and Brad Touchstone, R-Hattiesburg.
Wooten was elected as a Hinds County Circuit judge. Perkins was elected as a chancery judge in Leflore, Quitman, Tallahatchie and Tunica counties. Touchstone was elected a Lamar County Court judge.
Under current state law, if a vacancy occurs in a calendar year in which the general election for state legislators is held, the governor has the discretion whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy. Bryant announced Tuesday, the first day of legislative session, the date for the election for the District 71 seat in Hinds County, District 32 seat in Leflore County and the District 101 seat in Lamar County.
The qualifying deadline is Jan. 21. If more than two candidates are in each of the races and no candidate receives a majority, a runoff election will take place April 2.
The governor will also have to replace Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, who he named a Mississippi Court of Appeals judge. Wilson is expected to leave his legislative seat in February.