Shawn O'Hara seeks 8 state jobs at once
Shawn O'Hara wants to be Mississippi's
He also wants to be the lieutenant governor, attorney general,
secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, agriculture commissioner
and insurance commissioner.
The self-described business consultant and movie producer from
Hattiesburg - a perennial but so far unsuccessful fixture on the
state political scene - filed papers with the Mississippi
Democratic Party this past week to run for all eight statewide
offices. He also paid the required candidates' fees of about
Officials in the attorney general's office say there's nothing
in Mississippi law to prohibit a candidate from running for more
than one office at a time.
The chairman of the state House Elections Committee, Rep. Tommy
Reynolds, D-Charleston, says there would be a problem with one
person serving in more than one full-time, statewide elected
"I don't think that's going to be tested," Reynolds said,
assessing O'Hara's chances of winning multiple offices.
Reynolds also said: "You're generally better served to run for
March 1 is the deadline for candidates to qualify for a host of
state offices in Mississippi, from governor to state representative
to county supervisor.
Terry Cassreino, spokesman for the Democratic Party, said the
party's executive committee will meet March 10 to determine which
candidates meet the qualifications to appear on ballots.
Just because someone files papers and pays the required fee to
run, "that doesn't mean that they're qualified," Cassreino said.
For example, a candidate for attorney general must be a
practicing attorney. O'Hara is not one.
Last year, two chancery judges ran for re-election while also
competing for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. They lost the
Court of Appeals races; each was unopposed for re-election to the
A bill being considered this legislative session would ban
someone from seeking more than one office at a time. It has passed
the Senate and awaits consideration in Reynolds' committee.
Reynolds said he'll study it.
O'Hara, 49, has run unsuccessfully in the past four
gubernatorial races under various party labels. He also has run
unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate and House and for mayor of
This year, O'Hara's 110-word campaign platform includes reducing
gasoline prices, eliminating the grocery tax and outlawing
Mississippi's party primaries are Aug. 7. The general election
is Nov. 6.
The bill is Senate Bill 2056.