Qualifying begins Wednesday for the March 2 special election to elect two state representatives, one from Central and another from Metairie.

Candidates need to pay $225 in fees and fill out the appropriate paperwork to run for either legislative seat. Qualifying continues until Friday at 5 p.m.

The special elections, which will have April 6 runoffs if necessary, will replace state Reps. Clif Richardson, R-Central, who retired for health reasons, and Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, who resigned to take another job.

Louisiana House District 65 represents about 42,000 people living in the northeastern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish, roughly south of Denham Road to about South Harrell’s Ferry Road and east of Flannery Road to the Amite River. The district’s population is 71 percent white, and 39 percent of the voters are registered Republican.

House District 79 represents about 45,000 people living along Lake Pontchartrain in a portion of Jefferson Parish, roughly north of West Esplanade Avenue, east of about Academy Drive to about Lake Borgne Avenue. The district’s population is 77 percent white, and 46 percent of the voters are registered Republican.

Early voting for the March 2 primary election is Feb. 16 to 23, except Sunday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.