On Tuesday voters will file into local churches, schools, fire stations and other public places to cast their ballots in some of the most hotly contested primaries in recent Mississippi history.
While voters throughout the state will decide their party’s nominee for a number of statewide offices, in Hinds County local races may be the driver for some voters to head to the polls.
Mississippi has open primaries, so in addition to choosing who to vote for voters will have to decide which primary they will be voting in.
Here’s a rundown of the contested statewide and local primary races voters in Hinds County will see when they go to cast their votes:
Republican primary voters throughout the state will have three choices for their nominee for governor.
Incumbent Gov. Tate Reeves is the heavy favorite, running on a platform of eliminating the income tax, continuing record low unemployment, advocating conservative social issues and economic development projects he has secured in his first term, including the largest one in state history.
Reeves faces challenges from John Witcher, a medical doctor running on a platform primarily of opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine and expansion of Christianity in schools, and David Hardigree, a military veteran who talks of his service experience and Christian faith.
Democratic primary voters will have one choice in the primary, Northern District Public Service Commissioner, and second cousin to Elvis, Brandon Presley. Presley’s two primary opponents were disqualified. Presley’s platform centers on expanding Medicaid, eliminating the state’s grocery tax and cutting car tag fees.
In what may be the most hotly contested race of the primaries, Republican primary voters will have three choices for their nominee for lieutenant governor.
Incumbent Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann is seeking a second term, running on his record of “running the state like a business,” which he says has allowed the state government to shrink while also allowing for teacher pay raises, increases to education funding and record infrastructure investment. Hosemann has also defended his conservative record from his opponent’s attacks through the campaign and has endorsements from groups like Right to Life and the National Rifle Association.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel is mounting another challenge to an incumbent Republican, the third of his career, claiming that Hosemann is not conservative enough. McDaniel’s platform includes eliminating the state income tax and restoring the state’s ballot initiative, though his campaign has primarily focused on negative attacks on Hosemann.
Tiffany Longino, the third Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is seeking public office for the first time. Longino’s platform includes increasing education funding, promoting public safety in Jackson and Medicaid expansion — making her the only Republican seeking statewide office to explicitly support the idea.
Democratic primary voters will have one choice in the primary, small business owner Ryan Grover. A key point of Grover’s platform is stopping the so-called “brain drain” of young, educated Mississippians leaving the state.
The state’s longest serving statewide elected official faces a challenge in the Republican primary for insurance commissioner.
Incumbent commissioner Mike Chaney has served as insurance commissioner since 2008. Before that he was a member of the Mississippi Legislature for more than 20 years, serving in both the House and Senate.
Challenger Mitch Young, who got about 8% of the vote in his 2015 challenge of incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant, is again seeking statewide office. Young is a Navy veteran who works as a technician.
Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
Republican incumbent Andy Gipson will not face a challenger in the Republican primary, but he will learn which of the three Democrats in the race he will face in the general election.
Gipson is seeking his second term as agriculture commissioner, running on a platform of asking for between $100 million and $400 million for investment in agricultural infrastructure like farmers markets throughout the state. Gipson has also vowed to fight back against what he sees as liberal environmental policies.
Democratic primary voters will have their choice of three candidates.
Still a teenager, Terry Rogers is seeking to be the youngest statewide elected official in Mississippi history. Rogers is running on a platform of expanding youth participation and interest in agriculture.
Robert Bradford Sr. is a veteran of the US Army Reserve and graduate of Alcorn State University. Bradford is running on a platform of experience.
Bethany Hill, who began her political life pushing for the 2020 Hemp Cultivation Act, is running on a platform of fully implementing the law to allow Mississippi farmers to join the hemp cultivation industry.
Hinds County Sheriff
The Democratic primary for Hinds County Sheriff will be a repeat of the last race, a special election, when Tyree Jones defeated interim-Sheriff Marshand Crisler.
In this race, both candidates have faced criticism.
Jones has had multiple detainees escape from the Hinds County jail since he took office, something Crisler has vowed to put an end to if elected.
Meanwhile, Crisler is facing a federal indictment for multiple charges, including soliciting bribes and providing ammunition to a convicted felon. Jones has emphasized his integrity.
Mississippi State Senate District 29
Democratic primary voters in District 29 will have a choice between incumbent Sen. David Blount and challenger Dwayne Pickett.
Mississippi State Senate District 27 Democratic Primary
Democratic primary voters in District 27 will have a choice between incumbent Sen. Hillman Frazier and challenger Marvin Hightower.
Mississippi State House District 72
There will be a four-way race in the Democratic primary for House District 72, after the seat was left vacant when the incumbent stepped down to run for judge.
The candidates will be Justis Gibbs, Synarus Green, Rukia Lumumba and Ailean Stingley.
Mississippi State House District 69
There will also be a four-way race in the Democratic primary for House District 69, after the retirement of Alyce Clarke, a longtime Jackson-area legislator and the first Black woman elected to the Legislature.
The candidates will be Tamarra Butler-Washington, Allan Cole, Patty Patterson and Iva Steptoe.
Hinds County Supervisor District 1
In the Democratic Primary for Hinds County Supervisor District One, incumbent Robert Graham is defending his seat against two challengers: Eva Crisler and Luigia Hodge.
Hinds County Supervisor District 2
In the Democratic Primary for Hinds County Supervisor District Two, incumbent David Archie faces a challenge from Anthony Smith.
Hinds County Supervisor District 3
In the Democratic Primary for Hinds County Supervisor District Three, incumbent Credell Calhoun is defending his seat against two challengers: Deborah Dixon and Antonio Porter.
Hinds County Supervisor District 4
In the Democratic Primary for Hinds County Supervisor District Four, incumbent Vern Gavin is defending his seat against four challengers: Robert Amos, Wanda Evers, James Lott III and Emon Thompson Sr.
Hinds County Supervisor District 5 Democratic Primary
In the Democratic Primary for Hinds County Supervisor District Five, incumbent Bobby McGowan is defending his seat against six challengers: Ashley Floyd, Darrell Dwayne Harper, Dexter Hutton, Malcolm Johnson, Freddie Schuller and Robert Wall.
How to See Results
The preliminary results of each of these races will be available live on election night on the Clarion Ledger website.