Bradford takes 3rd term on bench for justice court|[08/08/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The race for Central District justice court judge was decided by voters Tuesday with the nod for a third term going to Richard Bradford III.

Bradford won the Democratic nomination against two challengers, Beverly Prentiss of the Vicksburg Police Department and Dora Smith, a retired Vicksburg police lieutenant.

Bradford, a funeral home director and mortician, has held the position since his election in 1999.

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&#8220The voters have come through for me again,” he said. &#8220This is my third term and I appreciate everyone who voted.”

Results showed Bradford, who will face no independents or Republicans in the general election, with 53 percent of the vote, followed by Prentiss with 25 percent and Smith with 22 percent.

The two other judges for the court which hears misdemeanor criminal cases, conducts arraignments and hears small-claims civil cases, Joe Crevitt and Eddie Woods, drew no ballot opposition for new four-year terms to start in January.

Otherwise, there do remain several key races for November.

Incumbent Glenn McKay, Democrat, is challenged by Eddie Hoover, independent, in the race for Northern District Constable.

District Attorney Gil Martin, an independent, is challenged by Richard &#8220Ricky” Smith in a district that also includes Issaquena and Sharkey counties.

Tax Assessor Richard Holland, a Democrat, will face independent challenger Pat Ring.

Other incumbents in county offices running unopposed are: