Opponents dispute state candidates’ residency

Three Democratic candidates for state office, two of whom currently are serving, face qualification challenges from opponents alleging claims of false residency.

State Rep. James Evans of Jackson, state Sen. Bill Stone of Holly Springs and senate hopeful Clara Dawkins-Davis of Darling must counter those claims at a hearing Friday before the Mississippi Democratic Party Executive Committee or lose their places on the 2015 primary and general election ballots.

In all, 205 Democrats and 218 Republicans qualified to run for a slate of political offices with four-year terms. Primary elections will be held Aug. 4; general elections Nov. 3.

None of the GOP candidates face qualification challenges; the deadline to file petitions was Monday.

Clarion Ledger