- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Oxford attorney Daniel Sparks says he’s running for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.

The Belmont native is the seventh person to announce as a candidate in the race to succeed Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died last month.

Candidates’ qualifying deadline is March 27. The election is May 12, and a runoff is June 2.

The others running are businessman Boyce Adams of Columbus, state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo, district attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, attorney Chip Mills of Fulton, attorney Greg Pirkle of Tupelo and attorney Quentin Whitwell of Oxford .

The 1st District stretches from Memphis, Tennessee, suburbs in DeSoto County, down to the Golden Triangle area in the north central part of the state. It includes Southaven, Oxford, Tupelo, Iuka, Columbus and Louisville.

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