LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Ondray Harris, Senior and Ondray Harris, Junior. Add new titles to father and son. The two will now serve Lauderdale County's District 2 as the newly elected Justice Court Judge and Constable.
"Working with him, I mean that's the best teacher. He's always been a teacher. I've always studied him, growing," Ondray Harris, Jr. says.
Ondray Harris, Senior previously served as Constable before the retirement of long-time Judge Robbie Robinson. Harris, Senior offered this piece of advice to Harris, Junior before the election.
"My exact words to him were, 'signs don't vote and you need to knock on every door you can to make direct contact.' If you make personal contact and ask for a vote, most of the time people will give you that vote," Ondray Harris, Sr. says.
Both men are excited to see the support of the community, but both understand that there is still a lot work to be done to serve the people of District 2.
"It's a different level of law enforcement that I saw the way that he carried it,” Harris Jr. says. “It was more personal with people. And I think that's a great aspect to have when people know that you are personally serving them and you're personally committed to them. I think that goes a long way."
Both say they believe that their close-knit ties to the community and to each other will create a successful experience at their posts.
"And that's one way that I've always tried to present to my kids is that's to be yourself,” Harris, Sr. “And me being myself and him being himself, we'll get along like we do every day. It'll be good. I'm just now not only his daddy now; I'm his boss. He has to work in my court."
Due to the Special Election, both officials will serve in their post for 2-years. A general election will be held for the 4-year post once that term is complete. Both will be sworn in this January.