From the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal…

JACKSON – Veteran state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, will not face opposition in the Nov. 8 general election.

Aberdeen businessman Ed Mattox, who had qualified to run against Bryan as a Republican, sent a letter to the state Election Commission stating he was dropping out for business and personal reasons.

The Election Commission, which consists of the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, approved the ballot and gave the parties a specified amount of time to replace any candidate who dropped out for non-political reasons.

The Republican Party did not select a candidate to replace Mattox in District 7, which consists of all of Monroe County and parts of Lee and Itawamba counties.

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