Two seek to return to Warren court seats

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Warren County Youth Court and County Court Judge Johnny Price qualified for a third term Tuesday as the list of local judicial candidates this year grew.

In youth court, cases are heard involving offenders under 18 and their parents, including cases of delinquency, abuse and neglect. In county court, cases are heard involving county ordinances and eminent domain proceedings, among others. Price first ran successfully in 2002.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney has qualified to seek a full term on the 9th Circuit Court District bench, which covers Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties and has two subdistricts. The former Vicksburg Warren School District board attorney was appointed by the governor to the subdistrict 2 slot in May following the retirement of 20-year Circuit Judge Frank Vollor. Judge Isadore Patrick, elected from subdistrict 1, has yet to qualify. The deadline for all judicial qualifiers is 5 p.m., Friday, May 7.

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Other area races for judgeships include the 17th Chancery District and the 22nd Circuit Court District, both of which include Claiborne County. Chancellor E. Vincent Davis has qualified for a full term after his appointment last year, while incumbent Lamar Pickard has qualified for the circuit judge seat.

The remaining qualifying period for this election year is Aug. 4 through Sept. 3 for the posts of District 1 and District 5 trustees of the Vicksburg Warren School District board. The incumbents, Board President Jerry Boland in 1 and Tommy Shelton are in the final year of their six-year term.

Races for federal offices, including Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives were set when qualifying closed March 1. Incumbent Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination to a fifth full term.

Republicans to face off in a June 1 primary are Bill Marcy of Meridian, Richard Cook of Byram, and George Bailey of Clinton.

The state’s two senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, do not face re-election this year. Cochran is in the fourth year of his current, six-year term and Wicker is in his second.

The general election is Nov. 2.

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