Incumbents dominate early judicial qualifiers

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Three candidates have qualified to replace Circuit Judge Henry Lackey in the Nov. 2 judicial elections.
Meeting Friday’s 5 p.m. qualifying deadline were Tom Levidotis of Oxford, John A. Gregory of Okolona and Dave Rozier of Oxford.
Lackey, whose help was critical in helping prosecutors in the Scruggs judicial bribery case, is not seeking re-election.
Overall, Northeast Mississippi will have five contested judicial races in November – four in circuit court and one on the appeals court.
As of Friday’s deadline, these candidates had filed the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state’s office to be on the non-party ballot:

CHANCERY JUDGE
DISTRICT 1 – Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Union counties. Four judges, each elected districtwide for a “Place.”
Place 1 (must live in Alcorn, Prentiss or Tishomingo): John A. Hatcher, incumbent
Place 2 (from Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc or Union): Michael Malski, incumbent
Place 3 (from Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc or Union): Jacqueline Estes Mask, incumbent
Place 4 (from any county in the district): Talmadge D. Littlejohn, incumbent
DISTRICT 14 – Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster, counties. Three judges, each elected only by the voters of subdistrict.
Subdistrict 1 (from Chickasaw, Webster and parts of Oktibbeha): Kenneth M. Burns, incumbent
Subdistrict 2 (from parts of Clay and Lowndes): Jim Davidson, incumbent
Subdistrict 3 (from Noxubee and parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha): Dorothy W. Colom, incumbent
DISTRICT 18 – Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah counties. Two judges, each elected districtwide from a “Place.” State law does not specify territory for each place.
Place 1: Glenn Alderson, incumbent
Place 2: Edwin H. Roberts, incumbent; Helen Kennedy Robinson

CIRCUIT JUDGE
DISTRICT 1 – Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo counties. Four judges elected districtwide, run by “Place.”
Place 1 (from Alcorn, Prentiss or Tishomingo): Jim “Seth” Pounds, incumbent
Place 2 (from Itawamba, Lee, Monroe or Pontotoc): Paul S. Funderburk, incumbent; Frank Liebling
Place 3 (from Itawamba, Lee, Monroe or Pontotoc): Thomas Gardner III
Place 4 (from any county in the district): James L. Roberts, incumbent
DISTRICT 3 – Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah, Union counties. Three judges, each elected districtwide from a “Place.”
Place 1 (from Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette or Union): Andrew K. Howorth, incumbent
Place 2 (from Benton, Marshall or Tippah): Shirley Byers; Robert W. Elliott, incumbent
Place 3 (from any county in the district): Tom Levidiotis; John A. Gregory; Dave Rozier (incumbent Henry Lackey not running)
DISTRICT 16 – Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha counties. Three judges, elected districtwide from a “Place.”
Place 1 (from Lowndes): James T. “Jim” Kitchens, incumbent; William Starks
Place 2 (from Oktibbeha): Lee J. Howard, incumbent
Place 3 (from Clay or Noxubee): Lee S. Coleman, incumbent; Bob Marshall; Nebra Porter

COURT OF APPEALS
District 1 (North Mississippi from DeSoto to Tishomingo, south to Webster and Choctaw) – Both seats are up for election.
Place 2 – Donna M. Barnes, incumbent; Kelly Mims
District 3 (East-central from Clay to Hinds and north Wayne) – No seats are up for election.

STATE SUPREME COURT
No North Mississippi seats up for election.