Background Info for Candidates for Gulf Coast Chancery Courts

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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