10 candidates set for Nov. 7 election

Published 12:06 am Monday, September 11, 2017

NATCHEZ — Two more people qualified for the Nov. 7 election by Friday’s deadline.

A total of 10 people have qualified for the three positions that will be on the ballot. Three have qualified for county prosecutor and six for justice court judge. Alma Fletcher is running unopposed for District 5 Election Commissioner.

Scott Pintard qualified for Adams County prosecutor and Diania Marie Walker-Paige qualified for justice court judge for the southern district, said Adams County Circuit Court Clerk Eddie Walker.

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For justice court judge, Danny Barber, Timothy Blalock, Jack Blaney, Eileen Mary Maher and Stanley N. “Bucky” Merritt qualified previously.

Bryan Callaway and Shameca Collins previously qualified for county prosecutor.

The justice court seat is up for grabs after former judge Charlie Vess announced his retirement in December.

Hyde Carby, who was appointed by the Adams County Board of Supervisors, has been filling in as interim justice court judge.

Since a special election was already scheduled, former prosecuting attorney Barret Martin decided earlier this year to retire effective May 31. Aisha Sanders was appointed by supervisors to serve in the position on the interim.

Fletcher, the incumbent, decided to not seek the election commission during the 2016 election. When no one else qualified, supervisors appointed Fletcher to serve as interim until the special election. Fletcher has since decided to seek the position.

The only countywide election is for county prosecuting attorney.

Districts 1 and 2 and parts of Districts 3 and 5 will elect the Southern District Justice Court Judge. District 5 will vote for its election commissioner.