Desoto County News

Candidate qualifying period starts for 2023 elections

The qualifying period for candidates to officially have their name on the ballot in the August primary election began Tuesday. A number of candidates made their way in the first hour to the Circuit Clerk’s Office of the DeSoto County Courthouse in Hernando to complete the paperwork and pay the filing fee to be on the ballot in August.  

From top left, Constable Bobby Holloway. Supervisors Lee Caldwell and Mark Gardner, candidate for Sheriff Thomas Tuggle, and Judges Doug Hollowell and Karen Sanders.
(Bob Bakken/

Some candidates wanted to be among the first to qualify, but potential candidates have until 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 to present themselves as a candidate. While a number of people wanted to be first, others, for whatever reason, will wait until near the deadline before they declare for an office. 

The primary election date in 2023 is on Aug. 8 and any runoffs will be determined on Aug. 29.  General Election Day is Nov. 7 and the runoff election day, if needed, is Nov. 28.  

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office has information in the 2023 Candidate Qualifying Guide

The list of candidates who have qualified are found on the official DeSoto County website.

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