JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Runoffs will decide one seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, one on the state Court of Appeals and two in the state House of Representatives.
Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, and voters must show a driver's license or other government-issued photo identification.
Judicial candidates run without party labels. Because the legislative races are special elections, those candidates also run without party affiliation.
Attorney John Brady of Columbus and Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando are competing to succeed Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia, who did not seek re-election. They're running in a Supreme Court district that covers 33 counties on the northern end of the state. The winner begins an eight-year term in January.
Brady has worked in private practice for law firms in Jackson and Columbus. He is a former president of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, with members who defend clients in civil lawsuits. He's also a former president of the Lowndes County Bar Association. Brady has been endorsed by Republican former Gov. Haley Barbour.
Chamberlin has been a circuit judge since 2004 in DeSoto, Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate and Yalobusha counties. He is a former chairman of the Mississippi Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Before serving on the bench, Chamberlin won a Mississippi Senate seat as a Republican in November 1999; he served in that job until Barbour appointed him as a circuit judge in November 2004.
COURT OF APPEALS
A runoff in the 3rd District is between challenger Ed Hannan and incumbent Jack Wilson, both of Madison. The district encompasses all of 14 counties and parts of five others in the east central part of the state. The winner receives an eight-year term.
Hannan was first elected as a Madison County Court judge in 2006 and has served since then. Before winning the county judgeship, he served nearly a decade as municipal court judge for the city of Madison.
Wilson was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in July 2015 to succeed Judge Larry Roberts, who retired. Wilson was a staff attorney for Bryant's office from 2012 to 2014. He is endorsed by the state Republican Party.
Winners of the runoffs for two state House seats will serve the final three years of a four-year term.
Donnie Scoggin and Ron Swindall are running in District 89 in Jones County. The winner will succeed Republican Rep. Bobby Shows of Ellisville, who retired.
John Glen Corley and Greg Holcomb are running in District 106 in Lamar and Pearl River counties. The winner will succeed Republican Rep. Herb Frierson of Poplarville, who became state revenue commissioner.