The head of Delta Streets Academy has dropped his quest to win a seat in the Mississippi Legislature, deciding that the time he would have to be away from his young family was not “doable.”

In a campaign finance report filed Friday with the Secretary of State’s Office, T. Mac Howard declared that he had terminated his campaign for House District 32.

Howard said Tuesday he had talked with other legislators across the state to get a feel for the demands of the position, should he win.

“The time commitment, especially for my family, was not going to be doable,” he said. “I thought originally it was.”

Howard and his wife have three sons, a 5-year-old and twin 3-year-olds.

He said he might consider seeking elective office down the road.

“I was super excited about the possibility of running,” he said. “It’s possible one day in the future we will try to do it again.”

Meanwhile, three of the remaining four candidates in the District 32 race failed to meet Friday’s deadline to file the first mandatory reporting of contributions and expenditures. They had still not filed at the close of business Tuesday, according to the secretary of state.

The late filers include the incumbent, Democratic Rep. Solomon Osborne,  Democrat Tavarris K. Cross Sr. and independent Troy D. Brown Sr.

Osborne won a special election in March to serve the final 10 months of the term remaining after Willie Perkins gave up the legislative seat after winning a chancery judgeship in November.

If the campaign finance reports are not filed by May 20, the late filers are subject to a fine of $50 a day, up to a maximum of $500. If the reports are not filed by May 30, the candidates can be criminally prosecuted.

The only remaining candidate to file the mandatory report was independent Toris Williams. He showed no contributions or expenditures through April 30 and no cash on hand.

In all, 53 candidates running for statewide or legislative office had not filed their reports by Tuesday. Another 17 missed Friday’s deadline but have subsequently filed.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or

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