One judge candidate disqualified

Published 12:27 am Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NATCHEZ — A prospective justice court judge candidate was disqualified mid-September after county officials discovered the woman lived outside of the southern district of the county.

Adams County Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said less than a week after Diania Marie Walker-Paige dropped off her forms at the deadline, clerks discovered she lived in the northern district.

Danny Barber, Timothy Blalock, Jack Blaney, Eileen Mary Maher and Stanley N. “Bucky” Merritt have qualified for justice court judge of the southern district.

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The special election will be Nov. 7 to fill the role vacated when former justice court judge Charlie Vess retired.

The positions of county prosecutor and District 5 Election Commissioner are also on the ballot. Alma Fletcher is running unopposed for District 5 Election Commissioner.

Bryan Callaway, Shameca Collins and Scott Pintard have qualified for county prosecutor.

Absentee ballot voting began Monday.