By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
Lee County voters will choose two constables and two justice court judges on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
But not all Lee County voters will choose – it will depend on where they live.
For constable, in District 1, first-term incumbent Republican Scotty Clark of Saltillo faces a challenge from Democrat Mark Ratliff of Baldwyn.
In District 2, incumbent Republican Ted Wood, 59, of Mooreville faces independent Eddie Ellis of Mooreville.
Wood won his post in 2003.
Lee County has four constable districts and four justice court judge districts. The officials work together as two parts of the local court system.
Longtime Justice Court Judges John Hoyt Sheffield and Sadie Holland take on well-known opposition.
Sheffield, a Tupelo Republican, faces former Tupelo Police Capt. Clifton “Cliff” Hardy, a 51-year-old Tupelo Democrat, in District 2.
Hardy retired from TPD after a controversial dust-up and subsequent legal victory over the firing of former Assistant Chief Robert Hall.
Holland, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican attorney William Wayne Housley, in District 3. Housley resides in Plantersville and Holland is a resident of the Union community just south of Plantersville.
Holland, a funeral director, was mayor of Nettleton before she won the justice judge post.
CONSTABLE – Assists other law enforcement in keeping the peace. Most common duty is to serve process issued by any county, chancery or circuit court.
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE – Presides over county justice court, which handles civil actions under $3,500, and criminal law misdemeanors. These courts also determine felony criminal charges whether or not to bind a person over to await the action of the county grand jury. Justice court judges set bail and issue search warrants.
Constable, justice judge races in just a few districts