In October, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was confirmed a U.S. district judge, vacating the 32nd district seat he held for nearly two decades.
The 32nd district encompasses all of Tipton County and parts of eastern Shelby County.
A special election will be held in March – with a primary next month – to replace Norris. Democrat Eric Coleman and Republicans George Chism, Steve McManus, Paul Rose and Heidi Shafer have qualified.
The Jan. 24, 2019 primary will decide a Republican candidate. It’s difficult to gauge how much it will cost at this point, said Tipton County Administrator of Elections Cindy Pinner, but the county election commissions will be reimbursed.
“Whenever there’s an opening in the general assembly and you have to hold a special election, the costs are reimbursed by the secretary of state,” Pinner said.
Early voting in the primary will begin on Jan. 4.
From there, one Republican candidate will face Democrat Eric Coleman in the special general election on March 12.
The last day to register to vote is next Wednesday, Dec. 26.
After serving nearly two decades in the U.S. Navy, Eric Coleman retired in May and found himself with more free time.
If voters are looking for a seasoned politician, Heidi Shafer is an option.