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North Mississippi residents reminded about special election next week

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Election officials in DeSoto County held a rally Friday to remind residents about next week's special election to replace the former Northern District Transportation Commissioner, who died in November while in office.

Elected officials from all over DeSoto County came together to encourage citizens to vote, and made plans to pass out 10,000 stickers reminding of the special election.

Officials said the Northern Transportation Commissioner position is important to Desoto County because of many highways and Interstate systems run through it.

Many elected officials endorsed John Caldwell for the position.  He is a Marine reserve from Desoto County who is currently the Transportation Director for Desoto County Schools.

Homebuilder Donnie Chambliss, who organized the rally, said Caldwell's presence at the state capitol in Jackson would benefit the county.

"This is an opportunity for Desoto Countians to put a DeSoto Countian in a statewide position for the first time," Chambliss said. "Attempts have been made before, but this will be the first time."

The Transportation Commissioner position is a non-partisan position. Caldwell, who is up against six other opponents, needs more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The special election vote is on Tuesday, January 11th.

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