BRIAN PERRY / Ready to Run

Candidates for municipal offices in most of Mississippi’s towns and cities must qualify before the close-of-business on Friday, March 3. (Some municipalities operating under special charters have different election schedules.) Voters choose party nominees in municipal primaries on May 2 (with any runoff elections on May 16). Party nominees and independents face off in the general election on June 6.

Incumbents and challengers have started making announcements, although the qualifying deadline did not begin until this week. A few mayors have already said they’re going home.

Neshoba Democrat