Q I am running for mayor as an independent candidate, and the Democratic Party has requested a copy of my petition for mayor. Is this privileged information, or does the Party have a right to this information?

A The qualifying petitions of independent candidates filed with municipal clerks are public records and may be obtained by anyone pursuant to the provisions of the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 (sections 25-61-1 through 25-61-17). (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Edwards, May 3, 2013)