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Nov. 15, 2010

GOV. BARBOUR SETS SPECIAL ELECTION DATE FOR 10TH DISTRICT CHANCERY COURT SEAT, SEEKS TO FILL VACANCY

Gov. Haley Barbour announced today a special election will be held Nov. 8, 2011, for Chancery Court Judge in the 10th District, Place 1. A vacancy was created when Judge James H.C. Thomas Jr., who died Oct. 1, won a majority of the votes cast in the Nov. 2 election.

The Chancery Court District 10, Place 1 position includes Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties. The qualifying deadline will be May 6, 2011. The winner will begin the term Jan. 2, 2012.

In the meantime, Gov. Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee is accepting applications for an appointment to replace Chancery Judge Thomas until the Nov. 8, 2011, special election.  Committee members will review applicants in accordance with Executive Order 914 and make recommendations to the Governor on a replacement.  The 31-member committee includes a chairman and 10 attorneys from each of the state’s Supreme Court Districts. 

Anyone interesting in applying should send 12 copies of their resume and 12 copies of a writing sample to Ed Brunini, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, at P.O. Box 119, Jackson, MS 39205.  The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 30, 2010.  Anyone interested in recommending prospective candidates should send letters of recommendation to Mr. Brunini at the same address.