The year 2019 just started, but it's already time to start thinking about this year's election season.

The qualifying period for Hancock County elections is began on Wednesday, Jan. 2; and is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

"There is a $100 qualifying fee for every office this year," Hancock Circuit Clerk Karen Ladner Ruhr -- who last year announced she will not run for re-election this year -- said Thursday.

"We have the information here (prospective candidates) can pick up and take it home, fill it out and bring it back; or they can qualify while they're here."

As of a little after 3 p.m. on Thursday, "12 people have already qualified" to run for various county offices, Ruhr said.

The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6; and any runoffs would be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27. General Election Day 2019 is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, with any needed runoff elections scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26.

For more information, contact Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr's office at 228-467-5265; or stop by the office, located inside the historic Hancock County Courthouse, 152 Main St., Bay St. Louis. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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