Special election should be as early as possible

Some have speculated that the governor will set the election to coincide with the Aug. 4 state, district and county party primaries. We hope that doesn’t happen, for several reasons.

Chief among them is that the 1st District doesn’t need to go that long without representation in the U.S. House. The governor could, under the law, set the election as early as late April if he acted this week. He only has to give a minimum of 60 days between the announcement and the date of the election.

The earlier, the better. A quicker election would get a new member of Congress from this area settled in Washington and prevent North Mississippi from going four or five additional months without representation.

Daily Journal Editorial