Qualifying for political races ending

Published 8:00 pm Monday, April 16, 2018

Incumbent U.S. Roger Wicker faces challenges for re-election from Democrats and from within his own party as qualifying for federal elections closed March 5.

Wicker faces a challenge from fellow Republican Richard Warren Boyanton, a businessman from Diamondhead. Six Democrats are seeking Wicker’s seat. State Rep. David Baria, D-Pascagoula; Jenseon Boren of Benton; Jerome Garland; Victor G. Maurice Jr. of Pass Christian; State Rep. Omeria Scott, D-Laurel; and Meridian businessman Howard Sherman.

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In the race for the 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Bolton, faces a challenge from Troy Ray, an independent, who ran against Thompson in the 2014 and 2016 elections. Roy will not face Thompson until the general election.

The primary for the federal races is June 5, with a runoff, if needed, June 26. The general election is Nov. 6.

Qualifying for the election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran ends April 24. No qualifiers were listed on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website as of Sunday. The nonpartisan election is Nov. 6.

In the judicial races, incumbent Appeals Court Justice David Ishee of Pascagoula is challenged by three candidates, Eric Charles Hawkins, former Appeals Court Justice Ceola James of Vicksburg and Deborah McDonald.

In local court races, Warren County Chancellor Vicki Roach Barnes is so far unopposed for re-election, as is 9th Circuit District Place 2 Judge M. James Chaney.

Assistant district attorney Angela Carpenter and Vicksburg Municipal Judge Toni Walker Terrett have qualified for Circuit District Judge Place 9-1, presently held by Judge Isadore Patrick, who is retiring from the bench and not seeking re-election.

In County Court, County Prosecutor Richard “Ricky” Johnson and assistant district attorney Marcie Southerland have qualified for election to the seat held by County Judge John Price, who is retiring and not seeking re-election.

The qualifying period for judicial seats ends May 11. The nonpartisan elections are Nov. 6.

In two other county races, qualifying for the District 2 seat on the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees, and qualifying for Central District constable runs from Aug. 8 through Sept. 7.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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