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Bill of the Day: State Rep. Rosebud doesn’t want candidates who aren’t currently incumbents using “re-elect” on signs, materials

By: Frank Corder - January 14, 2022

Y’all Politics brings you a Bill of the Day from the Mississippi Legislature that just may pique your interest.

In many small towns across Mississippi, an elected official who loses their bid for re-election will run again for the same seat four years later and use the same signs and campaign materials in an effort to save money. Those campaign materials may include the word “re-elect” even though that candidate is not the current officer holder.

State Representative Tracey Rosebud (D) believes that should not be allowed under state law.

Rosebud has filed HB 543 that would amend state election law to restrict the use of the word “re-elect” on campaign materials unless it is used by the current incumbent office holder.

The bill would amend Mississippi Code Section 23-15-897 and insert the following language:

“No candidate, political committee or other person shall publish, or knowingly cause to be published, any campaign materials that contain the word “re-elect” or any similar word unless the campaign materials are published by or on behalf of the incumbent running for the office he or she currently holds.”

You can read the full version of the bill here.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father.