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Eric Clark Names Linda Rigsby
Assistant Secretary of State for Elections

From: Office of the Secretary of State   Filed 12/06/06

Secretary of State Eric Clark has appointed Linda Dixon Rigsby as Assistant Secretary of State for Elections.

“Linda Dixon Rigsby has worked for more than two years as Senior Attorney for the Secretary of State’s Elections Division,” Clark said.  “She has worked with hundreds of county officials across the state.  She knows the law and has earned the respect of the people that run elections.  Most of all, she possesses strong leadership and sound judgment.  I know she will do an outstanding job to strengthen the honesty, integrity, and openness of elections in Mississippi.”

“It is an honor to serve with Secretary Clark to protect and promote democracy here in Mississippi,” Rigsby said.  “I’ve loved working with the Circuit Clerks and Election Commissioners the past two and a half years, and I look forward to continuing that work.”

Rigsby is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans and holds a law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law.  She is married to Dr. Reginald Rigsby of Jackson.  The couple lives in Madison and they have one son.

Jay Eads, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Elections the past two years, will continue to work on federal/state issues for the office.  His new duties will include not only elections, but also public lands, business services, and the full range of the Secretary of State’s responsibilities.

“Jay Eads has worked tirelessly the past two years to see that Mississippi is among the national leaders in implementing the ‘Help America Vote Act,’” Clark said.  “After two stress-filled years, Jay asked for a break from 60-70 hour weeks.  I am proud to say he will continue at the Secretary of State’s Office, working on a range of federal/state programs.”                 

“With Linda Rigsby heading our Elections Division, I know that Mississippi will continue to be a national leader in reforming our elections process,” Clark concluded.

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