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|Governor of Mississippi|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Bachelor's||William Carey University|
|Master's||William Carey University|
In the 2011 elections, O'Hara ran simultaneously for state treasurer and governor, but was removed from the gubernatorial ballot before the general election. He made several other failed attempts at winning elected office prior to 2011, including four more bids for the governor's office (in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003), in addition to bids for Hattiesberg Mayor and a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
O'Hara is a self-employed movie producer and business consultant.
- Master's, William Carey University (1999)
- Master's, William Carey University (1996)
- B.S., William Carey University (1981)
- B.A., William Carey University (1981)
- See also: Mississippi gubernatorial election, 2015
Eleven state executive offices in Mississippi are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on August 4, 2015. Runoffs are scheduled for August 25 in case no candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of the popular vote in a given primary race. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:
See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015
Public Service Commission (3 seats)
See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Hypothetical general election match-ups
|Mississippi Governor: three-way race|
|Poll||Phil Bryant* (R)||Valerie Short (D)||Shawn O'Hara (Reform)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(April 21-23, 2015)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.
First periodic report (Jan. 1 2015 - April 30 2015)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $620,707.9 and spent a total of $332,714.7 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2015.
|Campaign Contributions and Expenditures|
|Candidate||Office||Beginning balance||Contributions||Expenditures||Ending balance|
||Governor of Mississippi||$2,443,915.00||$485,635.00||$280,425.00||$2,649,125.00|
||Governor of Mississippi||$615.07||$0||$515.07||$100.00|
||Governor of Mississippi||$0||$0||$0||$0|
||Governor of Mississippi||$0||$30,353.87||$15,425.30||$14,928.57|
||Governor of Mississippi||$0||$104,419.03||$36,049.33||$62,507.67|
||Governor of Mississippi||$0||$300.00||$300.00||$0|
|Grand Total Raised||$620,707.9|
|Grand Total Spent||$332,714.7|
|U.S. Senate, Mississippi General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Thad Cochran Incumbent||59.9%||378,481|
|Source: Mississippi Secretary of State Official Results|
O'Hara ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Mississippi. He ran on the Reform Party ticket and faced incumbent Roger Wicker, Albert N. Gore and Thomas Cramer in the November 6 general election. Wicker won.
|Mississippi Treasurer, 2011|
|Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State|
At a gubernatorial candidate forum in late June 2011, O'Hara said he supported a "personhood" initiative for the November 8 ballot, saying that abortion was like giving “the middle finger to God.”
There was a dispute as to whether or not O'Hara was a Reform Party candidate. Two separate organizations claimed to represent the Reform Party of Mississippi. The Mississippi Secretary of State ultimately decided to allow O'Hara to run for treasurer on the Reform ticket. The national Reform Party organization did not support O'Hara.
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- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2015 Candidate Qualifying List," accessed March 4, 2015
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Qualifying List," accessed March 5, 2014
- CNN, "Mississippi Senate Race - 2012 Election Center," November 6, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Shawn O'Hara," accessed July 16, 2011
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance Filings," May 8, 2015
- Hattiesburg American, "Coast forum attracts governor candidates," June 30, 2011
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidates for Statewide Office -- 2011," accessed August 5, 2011
- Reform Party National Committee, "Candidates," accessed August 5, 2011
- OpenSecrets, "Summary: 2012 Mississippi Senate Race," accessed May 1, 2013
- FEC "Reports Images," accessed July 9, 2012
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