The Mississippi Gulf Coast will feature runoff elections on Tuesday, November 25th for Jackson County Sheriff and Harrison County Circuit Court Judge (District 02, Place 2).
In Jackson County, Mike Ezell will face Scott McIlrath and, in the Harrison County Circuit Court race, Chris Schmidt will face Robert Fant Walker.
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Mississippians voted overwhelmingly to support a state constitutional amendment to preserve the right to hunt and fish. Nearly 90% of voters approved House Concurrent Resolution 30 (HCR 30) which will amend the state constitution and become the 18th state with hunting and fishing protected as a constitutional right.
Winners in the 2014 General Election:
- U.S. Senate: Thad Cochran
- 4th Congressional District: Steven Palazzo
- Chancery Court Judge, District 08, Place 2: Jennifer Schloegel
- Chancery Court Judge, District 08, Place 3: Sandy Steckler
- County Court Judge, Place 3: Margaret Alfonso
- Chancery Court Judge, District 16, Place 1: D. Neil Harris, Sr.*
- Chancery Court Judge, District 16, Place 3: Michael Fondren
*As of November 7th, D. Neil Harris, Sr. led the election against Paula Yancey by 18 votes with 18 affidavit ballots outstanding.
Two races will require a run-off. In the Harrison County race for Circuit Court Judge (District 02, Place 2), Chris Schmidt earned 42% of the vote and will face Robert Fant Walker who received the second highest vote total with 34%. In Jackson County, Mike Ezell garnered 43.9% of the vote and will face Scott McIlrath who came in second with 15.9%.
Runoff election will be November 25th.
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The Neshoba Democrat posted the following background information on Chancery Court judges and their opponents in the upcoming general election on November 4th:
Eight Chancery Court District (Hancock, Harrison, and Stone Counties):
In Place 2, incumbent Jennifer Schloegel, daughter of former Gulfport mayor George Schloegel, is seeking a second term. She defeated four opponents in 2010 with 51 percent to avoid a run-off. She faces a challenge by civil litigation attorney Stephen Benvenutti of Bay St. Louis. Schloegel made headlines this year presiding over the open records lawsuit against Auditor Stacey Pickering by the Sun Herald seeking documents from the Department of Marine Resources that state and federal officials were using as part of their investigations.
In Place 3, incumbent Sandy Steckler, a former state senator, faces a challenge from former Biloxi city attorney Ronnie Cochran. Steckler was appointed to the bench in 2001 by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
Sixteenth Chancery Court District (Jackson, George, and Greene Counties):
In Place 1, incumbent Neil Harris, Sr. is being opposed by Jackson County Board of Supervisors Attorney Paula S. Yancey. Last year, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered a public reprimand and $2,500 fine for Harris for violating the due process rights of three people he charged with contempt. Yancey has served as Jackson County’s Board Attorney and formerly as county administrator.
Place 3 incumbent Chuck Bordis, IV is being challenged by Michael Fondren and Gary Roberts. Bordis was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour in 2009 after his predecessor, Randy Pierce, won election to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Bordis was unopposed in 2010. Fondren is an attorney in Pascagoula and Roberts is a Gautier city judge whose now ex-wife was involved in a scandal which resulted in the resignation of American Red Cross President Mark Everson.
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