Voters to Make Runoff Choice

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Incumbent Supreme Court Justice James Graves, who was in Meridian Monday, faces Samac Richardson, a circuit court judge from Rankin County.

Justice Graves spent part of the day speaking to students at Kate Griffin Junior High School in Meridian.

"This is something that I do naturally. It's who I am," said Graves, explaining why he was talking to students who are not old enough to vote.

Graves talked with the students about government and instructed them on what he calls the three basic rules.

"One is I want them to remember to obey the rules. I want them to stay in school and I want them to be careful who they choose to hang out with," Graves said.

Graves also talked about the importance of education, not only for the students’ well being, but for the well being of the entire state.

"You really can't talk about crime reduction without talking education," Graves said. "You can't talk about economic development without talking about education."

In the runoff, Graves, who has been endorsed by the Lauderdale County Democratic Party, faces Circuit Judge Samac Richardson. The Neshoba County native has been endorsed by the Mississippi Republican Party and its Lauderdale County chapter.

"He believes in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman," said Sally Brown of the Lauderdale County Republican Party. "We believe he's the right one for the job."

Richardson will be a guest on WTOK's Good Morning Meridian Tuesday between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

The runoff was necessary after none of the four candidates seeking the post received the required 50 percent plus one to win.