Mississippi State Senate District 28

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Mississippi State Senate District 28
Current incumbentSollie Norwood Democratic Party
Race87.7% Black (voting age)
Ethnicity1.5% Hispanic (voting age)
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Mississippi's twenty-eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Sollie Norwood.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 52,105 civilians reside within Mississippi's twenty-eighth state senate district.[1] Mississippi state senators represent an average of 57,063 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,705 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Mississippi State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Mississippi legislators assume office the first day of the regular session of the year following election. The Constitution requires the Legislature to convene yearly on the Tuesday after the first Monday in January.


In order to run for the Mississippi State Senate, a candidate must:[4]

  • Be 25 years of age or older.
  • Be a qualified elector and resident of the State of Mississippi for four years.
  • Be a resident of the county or district a candidate plans to represent for two years.
  • If running as a Republican or Democrat, pay a $15 filing fee to the State Executive Committee of the party with which the candidate is affiliated.
  • If running as an independent, submit 50 signatures to the Circuit Clerk or the Secretary of State.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Mississippi legislature are paid $10,000/year. Per diem is $109/day tied to the federal rate.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election is required to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. After the Governor sets the election date, the counties conducting the election must give no less than 45 days public notice. All qualifying deadlines are 30 days before the election.[6]

No special election is held if the vacancy happens after June 1st in an election year.[6]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Sollie Norwood (D) won election in the special election for District 28 of the Mississippi State Senate. The seat was vacant following the death of Alice Harden (D) on December 6, 2012. Norwood faced Cindy Ayers-Elliott, Tamarra Grace Butler, Marshand Crisler, Antonio Porter, James "Jimmy" Stewart, Kathy L. Sykes, Tommy L. Wallace, II and Cassanda Welchlin in the special election on February 5, 2013. Candidates had until January 7 to file. Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan. As no candidate took over 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Crisler and Norwood - met in a runoff on February 26, which Norwood won.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Mississippi State Senate, District 28, Special Election Runoff, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngSollie Norwood 54.2% 1,379
     Independent Marshand Crisler 45.8% 1,165
Total Votes 2,544


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 2, 2011 and a general election on November 8, 2011. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2011. Incumbent Alice Harden (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.[14]

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Mississippi State Senate District 28 have raised a total of $65,149. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $16,287 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Mississippi State Senate District 28
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $5,040 1 $5,040
2007 $16,850 1 $16,850
2003 $43,259 2 $21,630
Total $65,149 4 $16,287

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