Posted by: jamesvw | January 22, 2010

February 16 – Mississippi 36th State Senate District

Feb. 16 – Mississippi 36th State Senate District

Click here to request an absentee ballot – Unfortunately, Mississippi makes it hard on you – you will have to call the phone number for your counties registrar to find out how to request a ballot.

There is a barn burner of a race in the Mississippi State Senate this February. After Governor Haley Barbour named Democrat Vincent Davis to a judgeship, 7 candidates have qualified for the special election. Interestingly, candidates do not appear with party affiliation on the ballot. If no one clears 50%, a runoff will be held in early March.

The district includes Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds and Jefferson counties. This could also be a very important race – Democrats hold a slim 26-25 lead in the chamber with just this one vacancy the difference between a tie in the Senate and a clear Democratic majority.

The candidates are Albert Butler of Port Gibson, Jerry Cain Sr. of Fayette, Elvis Colenberg of Fayette, Kenneth Ramsey of Hazlehurst, Jimmy Strong of Utica, Ken Dale Sullivan of Wesson and Jazma Wheeler of Crystal Springs.

If you know more about any of the candidates, please fill us in in the comments.



  1. Copiah County Courier says
    “…Unofficial totals showed Albert Butler of Port Gibson with a slight lead over Jimmy D. Strong of Carpenter at 1687 to 1501. As of 9 p.m., 100% of the Claiborne and Copiah precincts had reported, while 80% of Jefferson and 0% of Hinds had done so.

    Strong carried Copiah County with 973 votes. In second was Ken Dale Sullivan with 776, followed by Jazma Wheeler with 495, Butler with 379, Kenneth Ramsey with 245 and Elvis Colenberg, Sr. with 163. A total of 58 affidavit ballots and 6 emergency ballots were left to be counted.

    If the trends remain, Butler will face off against Strong in the March 3 runoff election…

  2. Albert Butler of Port Gibson led over Jimmy D. Strong of Carpenter at 1810 to 1622.

    and as the top two should face off. The runoff seems to now he set for March 9th, 7am to 7pm. I have no idea why the shift to the 9th. Anyone?

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