The special election to fill the senate seat in District 17 left vacant by the death of New Hope native Terry Brown will be Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The following have qualified for the election:
William (Bill) Canon held the district 17 senate seat for years before he decided to retire. A semi-retired veterinarian,Canon, 85, still sees dogs and other animals in a clinic behind his house in East Columbus. He attends First Independent Methodist Church, which he helped establish.
Bill Gavin, 65, represents the City of Columbus as its Ward 6 councilman. A retired educator from East Mississippi Community College, Gavin has a design business and you can catch him spinning records as a DJ at the occasional party. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Columbus.
Bobby Patrick, 68, is a retired insurance agent and businessman from Columbus. He is very active in First BaptistChurch where he was the 2010 Chairman of Deacons. He is a former president and board member of the Lake Norris Fishing Club and he was very active in the Magnolia Kiwanis Club. Patrick is also a motorcycle enthusiast.
Chuck Younger, 51, is a farmer and is the youngest candidate in the race. His father, Charles Younger, was a Lowndes County Justice Court Judge and a 20-year chancery clerk. His sister, Lisa Younger Neese, is the current Lowndes County Chancery Clerk. He is a member of the Prairie Water Board and he attends First Baptist Church.0