Senate not only race on November ballot

news_politics_greenBy Bobby Harrison

Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

The U.S. Senate election in which Democrat Travis Childers of Booneville is challenging six-term Republican incumbent Thad Cochran will not be the only contest on the Nov. 4 general election ballot for Northeast Mississippians.

Voters in the region can vote on the 1st District U.S. House race, local circuit and chancery judge elections and a proposal to amend the state Constitution to guarantee the right to hunt and fish.

The ballot was approved recently by the state Election Commission.

A lot of focus has been put on the U.S. Senate election in part because of what appears to be an unsuccessful effort by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost the Republican primary to Cochran, to have theresults overturned by the courts.

On Friday, a special judge appointed to hear the case dismissed McDaniel’s challenge, though he can appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court. He said Friday he was weighing his options.

Down the ballot, past the Senate contest, incumbent 1st District U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Tupelo Republican, will face opposition from DeSoto County Democrat Ron Dickey, Libertarian candidate Danny Bedwell and Reform Party nominee Lajena Walley.

Incumbent Court of Appeals Judge Jimmy Maxwell of Oxford, representing the 1st District, is unopposed. Two other Court of Appeals judges on the ballot, representing other parts of the state, also are unopposed.

In Chancery Court District 18, which consists of the counties of Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall and Tippah, incumbent Judge Glenn Alderson is being challenged by Carnelia Pettis Fondren and Tina Dugard Scott in Place 1. In Place 2, incumbent Robert Q. Whitwell faces opposition from Helen Kennedy Robinson.

In Chancery District 1, which consists of Lee, Pontotoc, Union, Prentiss, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Itawamba and Monroe counties, incumbents John Hatcher, Michael Malski, Jacqueline Estes Mask and Talmadge Littlejohn are all unopposed.

In District 14, incumbent Kenneth Burns, Jim Davidson and Dorothy Colom also are unopposed.

In Circuit District 1, which consists of Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Prentiss, Pontotoc and Tishomingo counties, incumbent Paul S. Funderburk of Place 2 faces opposition from Dennis H. Farris Sr. The other Circuit District 1 incumbents, “Jim” Seth Pounds, James L. Roberts Sr., Thomas J. Gardner III, are unopposed.

Incumbents Andrew Howorth and John Gregory are unopposed in Circuit Court District 3, which consists of Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties. But in Circuit District 3, Place 2, Shirley C. Byers, J Kizer (Ki) Jones and Kelly Luther are vying for the open post.

Incumbent District 16, Place 3 Circuit Judge Lee S. Coleman is being challenged by Monique Montgomery. The other two District 16 circuit judges, Lee J. Howard and James (Jim) T. Kitchens Jr., are unopposed. District 16 consists of Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties.

In Lee County, a special election for District 1 Justice Court judge will be on the ballot to complete the unexpired term of Judge Pat Carr, who stepped down from office earlier this year.

bobby.harrison@journalinc.com