HED:West Point senator to co-chair chief justice re-election ca

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AUTHOR: BOBBY

HED:West Point senator to co-chair chief justice re-election campaign

By Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – Senate Judiciary Chairman Bennie Turner, D-West Point, will serve as co-chair of the re-election campaign of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Lenore Prather of Columbus. Turner, a West Point attorney and former Clay County prosecuting attorney, said he has known Prather for a long time. “I consider it an honor to have been asked to serve,” Turner said Wednesday. “I think she has done an outstanding job. I knew her when she was city attorney for West Point and later as chancery judge. “I have sort of watched her development, and I think she has done an excellent job and deserves an opportunity for another term.” As Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Turner works closely with the nine members of the Mississippi Supreme Court, particularly the chief justice. The Supreme Court justice with the longest tenure on the court normally is selected as chief justice. Prather was appointed to the court in 1982 by then-Gov. William Winter to fill a vacancy. Since then, she has been re-elected twice to the post from the Northern District of the state Supreme Court. The Northern District consists of 33 counties, including all of Northeast Mississippi. In this November’s general election, Prather will be opposed by Iuka attorney Richard Bowen and Columbus attorney Chuck Easley. In officially announcing her candidacy recently , Prather said, “I believe the citizens of Mississippi expect their court system to be fair, accountable and responsible. Accountability, responsibility and fairness, as well as significant experience, are what I bring to this position.” Prather said she has worked “to reduce the cost of litigation, as well as to save time and money through technological modernization.” She said the backlog of cases pending review by the Supreme Court also has been eliminated during her tenure as chief justice. She is a graduate of the West Point City Schools, Mississippi University for Women and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prather announced her other campaign co-chairman as Jon Reeves of Southaven. There will be two contested Northern District Supreme Court races this November. Justice Kay Cobb of Oxford, a former state senator who was appointed to the state’s highest court last year by then-Gov. Kirk Fordice, will face Hernando attorney Percy Lynchard in the other contest. A Northern District Court of Appeals seat also will be contested in the November general elections. D. Rook Moore III of Holly Springs, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Fordice, will be challenged by Tony Chandler of Ackerman. Judicial elections in Mississippi are non-partisan.

JACKSON – Senate Judiciary Chairman Bennie Turner, D-West Point, will serve as co-chair of the re-election campaign of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Lenore Prather of Columbus. Turner, a West Point attorney and former Clay County prosecuting attorney, said he has known Prather for a long time. “I consider it an honor to have been asked to serve,” Turner said Wednesday. “I think she has done an outstanding job. I knew her when she was city attorney for West Point and later as chancery judge. “I have sort of watched her development, and I think she has done an excellent job and deserves an opportunity for another term.” As Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Turner works closely with the nine members of the Mississippi Supreme Court, particularly the chief justice. The Supreme Court justice with the longest tenure on the court normally is selected as chief justice. Prather was appointed to the court in 1982 by then-Gov. William Winter to fill a vacancy. Since then, she has been re-elected twice to the post from the Northern District of the state Supreme Court. The Northern District consists of 33 counties, including all of Northeast Mississippi. In this November’s general election, Prather will be opposed by Iuka attorney Richard Bowen and Columbus attorney Chuck Easley. In officially announcing her candidacy recently , Prather said, “I believe the citizens of Mississippi expect their court system to be fair, accountable and responsible. Accountability, responsibility and fairness, as well as significant experience, are what I bring to this position.” Prather said she has worked “to reduce the cost of litigation, as well as to save time and money through technological modernization.” She said the backlog of cases pending review by the Supreme Court also has been eliminated during her tenure as chief justice. She is a graduate of the West Point City Schools, Mississippi University for Women and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prather announced her other campaign co-chairman as Jon Reeves of Southaven. There will be two contested Northern District Supreme Court races this November. Justice Kay Cobb of Oxford, a former state senator who was appointed to the state’s highest court last year by then-Gov. Kirk Fordice, will face Hernando attorney Percy Lynchard in the other contest. A Northern District Court of Appeals seat also will be contested in the November general elections. D. Rook Moore III of Holly Springs, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Fordice, will be challenged by Tony Chandler of Ackerman. Judicial elections in Mississippi are non-partisan.