State election officials have removed the Reform Party candidate for Mississippi insurance commissioner from the Nov. 3 ballot, saying it was impossible to know whether he had lived in the state long enough to run.
The decision leaves Republican Mike Chaney unopposed for a third term.
The Reform Party candidate for governor, Shawn O’Hara, told members of the state Board of Election Commissioners that he could prove Johnny McLeod of Hattiesburg meets the five-year state residency requirement to run for the insurance post.
But the three election commissioners — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann — said public records showed different middle initials and dates of birth for McLeod. They said that made it impossible to prove his length of residency.