JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Voters in parts of the Mississippi Delta will choose a new legislator in November.
Gov. Phil Bryant announced Wednesday that he is setting a special election to fill the vacant seat for House District 31. It is in parts of Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower and Washington counties.
Democratic Rep. Sarah Richardson Thomas of Indianola resigned June 30, saying she wants to spend more time with family. She had served 21 years.
The qualifying deadline is Sept. 17, and the election is Nov. 6. If nobody receives a majority, the runoff will be Nov. 27.
The winner will serve the rest of the four-year term, which ends in January 2020.
Candidates run without party labels in Mississippi special elections, though they usually tell voters their political affiliation.