State Sen. Stacey Pickering says he will run for state auditor.
Pickering, a Republican from Soso in Jones County, is in his first term in the Mississippi Senate and serves as chairman of the Senate Local and Private Committee.
The 38-year-old Pickering also works in public affairs and marketing.
No one has qualified in the Democratic or Republican primary as a state auditor candidate, according to the parties' websites. The qualifying deadline is March 1.
The current state auditor, Phil Bryant, is running for lieutenant governor.