Once the Legislature is convened, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will appoint a committee of five to hear Sojourner’s challenge. The appointees will come from each of the state’s four congressional districts, as well as one at-large candidate.
“I have been told the hearings will start Jan. 13, and they will be held in the old Supreme Court chamber at the state capital,” Dearing said. “It will be almost like a trial. My opponent will have her attorney there, I will have my attorney there, they will say why they think my opponent should be seated and my attorney will argue I should be seated.”
Dearing said he feels confident going into the hearing, and he has several pieces of legislation planned for filing.
“I have been certified by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann as the winner by 64 votes, and I think that is going to stand up,” he said.