By Anna Katharine Baskin
The Winston County Journal
2013 will be the first year that the Louisville Municipal School District will hold its trustee election in November.
The beginning qualifying date for the District 1 trustee post will be on August 7, 2013. The qualification requirement by the secretary of state in the past has been a petition of 50 signatures; however, as a requirement to qualify now, one must have a petition of 150 signatures in the voting district.
Because this is an election set during an “off year”, anyone wanting to qualify will have to go through the Circuit Clerk’s office. In the coming years, people wanting to qualify will have to go through the election commissioners. In the past, the trustee election was held in March and conducted by the school district.
The Secretary of State notified the Winston County Circuit Clerk, Kim Ming, of the election settings last week.
When asked for her opinion on the matter, Ming replied, “It would be a good idea if the LMSD election would be held with the general election, and it would be more effective if the elections were running at the same time.”
There will not be any other offices on the ballot, and the exact qualifying ending date will be on October 4, 2013 at 5 pm. As of now, there is no official run-off; however, the opinion is still pending in the Attorney General’s office.
In 2012, the Mississippi Legislature changed the election date from March to November. The election date will now be on November 5, 2013. Claire Crowell is presently serving as District 1 Trustee and is fullfilling the extend term of the office.
A Mississippi Senate proposal to move all trustee lections to the same year and to every four year terms to fall in conjunction with the county wide elections failed.