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Madison Mayor Running for State Auditor?

In an interview with Better Mississippi Report yesterday, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said she might consider running for state auditor in the 2011 statewide elections. "For the first time I'd like to wait and see what does happen with the auditor's position," Butler told Better Mississippi. "I only will walk through a door ... (if) I feel that's where I'm supposed to be. Nothing has moved me for 30 years, and I have to have a calling."

It's unclear what it would take for Hawkins Butler to feel moved enough to run, and it's even harder to imagine leaving her post as mayor after so many years. Last year, Craig Denson, her first challenger in 16 years, withdrew his name from the city's mayoral elections. The Municipal Republican Executive Committee raised questions about Denson's eligibility after he failed to mark a box on his application for candidacy, but later determined he could still run. Shortly after the incident made headlines, Denson withdrew his name.

Last year, the Madison County Journal reported that Hawkins Butler has not had an opponent since 1993 when she defeated Suzan Rowland 2,292 to 587. The race for state auditor might be a bit more of a challenge than she is accustomed to.

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160217
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She may have snowball's chance, but that's all.

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golden eagle
Date
2010-10-06T22:33:39-06:00
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160218
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Oh brother....here we go....

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Queen601
Date
2010-10-07T07:42:13-06:00
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160221
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If Hawkins decides to run, will she have to give up her position as Mayor? What happens to this political giant if she is defeated? If she should become State Auditor, does this mean that we can start ordering uniform bricks for all State agencies? Just asking.

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justjess
Date
2010-10-07T09:00:41-06:00
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160222
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And all the streets will be made of cobblestone. Heck, I'm surprised all the streets in Madison aren't cobblestone or paved in gold.

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golden eagle
Date
2010-10-07T09:28:24-06:00
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160223
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... fake gold, golden. Or perhaps brass.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2010-10-07T09:42:37-06:00
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160224
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At least the streets in Madison don't tear your car up.

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bill_jackson
Date
2010-10-07T09:56:48-06:00
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160225
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Y'all are both wrong. It's bullsh1t. Definitely Faux Italian Bullsh1t.

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Lori G
Date
2010-10-07T11:08:13-06:00
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160227
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....yellow brick roads....and the Mayor is the Wizardess of Oz....

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Queen601
Date
2010-10-07T12:04:52-06:00
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160232
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I don't think yellow would complement the town.

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golden eagle
Date
2010-10-07T13:52:06-06:00
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160237
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Qualifications? Is this an issue to her candidacy at all? State Auditor is a technical position and it would seemingly require actual experience at "being an auditor". But, politics are politics.....

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Mr Fat Back
Date
2010-10-07T14:45:41-06:00
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160244
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Bill, I'm assuming you don't drive on Highland Colony in Madison.

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chip
Date
2010-10-08T08:27:13-06:00
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160245
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Actually, Chip, I ride my bicycle quite a bit on Highland Colony; the new pavement is very nice.

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bill_jackson
Date
2010-10-08T09:11:03-06:00
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160249
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You must not be talking about the stretch of Highland Colony between 463 and Lake Castle Rd. Unless they have paved it in the last month, that stretch of road has been awful for years.

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chip
Date
2010-10-08T11:54:21-06:00
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160251
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Qualifications? Is this an issue to her candidacy at all? State Auditor is a technical position and it would seemingly require actual experience at "being an auditor". But, politics are politics..... I've sometimes wondered about this. I do know that to be an attorney general, you do have to have a law degree. I wonder if this is the same for law enforcement in terms of education and/or direct experience.

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golden eagle
Date
2010-10-08T12:29:47-06:00
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160252
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Golden- Here's a list of qualifications and dutiesfor each office in Mississippi. http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/ed_pubs/pubs/2010 State and County Directory/Executive Branch.pdf Qualifications: The State Auditor must be a qualified elector, at least 25 years old, and a resident of the state five years next preceding the day of election. The State Auditor is elected to a four-year term and may succeed himself in office. The qualifying fee is $200. No prior experience as an auditor required.

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BubbaT
Date
2010-10-08T12:44:21-06:00
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160253
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Mary, Mary might be eyeing a position from which she thinks she could launch a gubernatorial run from in the future.

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redlion
Date
2010-10-08T15:12:31-06:00
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160255
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I think Mary Hawkins will make a great auditor and even governor. She will make the state pretty just like Madison the city. Run Mary and never stop.

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Walt
Date
2010-10-08T16:39:44-06:00
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160398
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I doubt she would run for Auditor. She's having too much fun as the Sovereign of Madison the City.

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Jeff Lucas
Date
2010-10-17T07:54:00-06:00
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160400
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Thanks, Bubba. Since I don't need any prior experience, maybe I'll run for state auditor. How 'bout it, guys?

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golden eagle
Date
2010-10-17T09:50:21-06:00

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