Governor Haley Barbour has set new dates for special elections to fill state House vacancies in east and southwest Mississippi.
A September 27th election is set in District 86 in parts of Clarke, Perry and Wayne counties in the eastern part of the state. A runoff, if necessary, will be October 11th.
A November 8th election will be held in District 96, which includes parts of Adams, Amite and Pike counties and all of Wilkinson County in the southwest corner of the state. If a runoff is needed, it will be November 22nd.
The elections originally were set to happen August 30th, but were delayed when Katrina ripped through the state the day before.
The District 86 seat had been held by Democrat Joe Taylor, who resigned to become mayor of Waynesboro. The District 96 vacancy was created by the retirement of Democrat David Green of Gloster.