The qualifying period for Waveland's 2018 primary elections begins Monday, June 18.

The candidate qualifying paperwork is now available at city hall in the city clerk's office for the following municipal offices: Mayor, Ward 1 Alderman, Ward 2 Alderman, Ward 3 Alderman, Ward 4 Alderman, Democratic Executive Committee (three positions), and Republican Executive Committee (three positions).

City Clerk Lisa Planchard said party candidates in primary elections pay a $10 fee.

Candidates running as independents must file a petition with the clerk's office that has at least 50 signatures from qualified voters of a municipality or ward, Planchard said. If running for the mayor spot, the candidate can obtain signatures from the entire city, she added.

If the candidate wants to run in a specific ward, he or she must obtain 50 signatures from that ward, Planchard said.

According to the municipal election handbook, "the petition must be signed by at least 15 qualified voters of a municipality or ward, if the municipality or ward has a population of fewer than 1,000 residents."

Additional requirements include: Filing a statement of economic interest with the State Ethics Commission 15 days prior to becoming a candidate and incumbents must file before May 1and candidates must file campaign finance disclosure reports with the municipal clerk.

Waveland's candidate qualifying period ends at 5 p.m. on Aug. 3.

The primary election is scheduled for Oct. 2. If a runoff election is required, it will be held on Oct. 23, Planchard said.

The general election is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Anyone with questions can contact city hall employees at 228-467-4134 or via email at lplanchard@waveland-ms.gov or tfayard@waveland-ms.gov.

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