Shawn O'Hara

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Shawn O'Hara
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Candidate for
Governor of Mississippi
PartyReform Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilliam Carey University
Master'sWilliam Carey University
ProfessionMovie producer
Shawn O'Hara is a Reform Party candidate for governor in the 2015 elections.[1] He is running to unseat incumbent Phil Bryant (R), who is seeking a second term as governor.

O'Hara was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2014. Both times, he lost to the Republican incumbent in the general election.[2][3]

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.[4]


O'Hara is a self-employed movie producer and business consultant.[4]


  • Master's, William Carey University (1999)
  • Master's, William Carey University (1996)
  • B.S., William Carey University (1981)
  • B.A., William Carey University (1981)[4]



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 gubernatorial election, 2015

Lieutenant Governor
See also: Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Attorney General
See also: Mississippi Attorney General election, 2015

Secretary of State
See also: Mississippi Secretary of State

State Treasurer
See also: Mississippi Treasurer election, 2015


See also: Mississippi Auditor election, 2015

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Commissioner of Insurance

See also: Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Public Service Commission (3 seats)

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015
Northern District:

Central District:
Incumbent Lynn Posey (R) is not seeking re-election.

Southern District:
Incumbent Steve Renfroe (I) is not seeking re-election.


Hypothetical general election match-ups

Mississippi Governor: three-way race
Poll Phil Bryant* (R) Valerie Short (D)Shawn O'Hara (Reform)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mason-Dixon Poll
(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.

Campaign finance

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.[5]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Phil Bryant
Republican Party
Governor of Mississippi $2,443,915.00 $485,635.00 $280,425.00 $2,649,125.00
Mitch Young
Republican Party
Governor of Mississippi $615.07 $0 $515.07 $100.00
Robert Gray
Democratic Party
Governor of Mississippi $0 $0 $0 $0
Valerie Short
Democratic Party
Governor of Mississippi $0 $30,353.87 $15,425.30 $14,928.57
Vicki Slater
Democratic Party
Governor of Mississippi $0 $104,419.03 $36,049.33 $62,507.67
Shawn O'Hara
Reform Party
Governor of Mississippi $0 $300.00 $300.00 $0
Grand Total Raised $620,707.9
Grand Total Spent $332,714.7


See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2014

O'Hara ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Mississippi. He lost to incumbent Thad Cochran (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Mississippi General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 59.9% 378,481
     Democratic Travis Childers 37.9% 239,439
     Reform Shawn O'Hara 2.2% 13,938
Total Votes 631,858
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State Official Results


See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2012

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.[3]


See also: Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

O'Hara ran as a Reform Party candidate for Mississippi Treasurer. He fell to Democrat Connie Moran and Republican Lynn Fitch in the general election on November 8, 2011.


General election
Mississippi Treasurer, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Fitch 58.8% 513,132
     Democratic Connie Moran 38.2% 333,267
     Reform Shawn O'Hara 3% 26,421
Total Votes 872,820
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.”[6]

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.[7] The national Reform Party organization did not support O'Hara.[8]

Campaign donors


No campaign donor information available.[9][10]

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