OUR VIEW: Deadline June 16 for candidate information

If you are a candidate for election or you know a candidate for election, it is time for a serious nudge.

We have been sending emails and letters to candidates and publishing notices and reminders about our ambitious plan for a voters’ guide that we will publish in our weekend edition of July 27-28 to prepare voters for the Aug. 6 primaries.

In Lauderdale County, 32 candidates filed their paperwork to run for 19 different positions. Similar races are underway in neighboring Clarke, Newton, Neshoba and Kemper counties. In addition, Mississippi voters will be casting ballots in statewide races, such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and others.

We want to provide voters with information about all the candidates, opposed and unopposed.

Because of the number of candidates competing, we are setting a deadline of June 16 to receive information from candidates so the comprehensive special section can be produced.

Thank you to the candidates who have already submitted information.

For those who haven’t, please send this information now so your information can be featured along with your opponents’. We’re asking for:

Name:

City, community or county of residence:

Party affiliation:

Office sought:

Education:

Work experience:

Public offices held and years:

Why are you running? (around 25 words)

Why are you a good candidate for this office? (around 75 words)

How can voters reach you? (This is information you would release for publication, such as your website, email, phone number.)

In addition, we will publish a head and shoulders photo of you that you may submit or you can make an appointment to have it taken at our office.

We prefer this information and photo be sent by email to editor@themeridianstar.com. If that’s not possible, you may mail it to Editor, The Meridian Star, P.O. Box 1591, Meridian, 39302.

While our advertising department is selling advertisements separately for this section, this listing of biographical information is free.

Thank you for your time, your willingness to serve and inform the public.

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