10th District Circuit Court D.A. race preview

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It's been a long battle for Incumbent District Attorney Kassie Coleman and her opponent, Michael Grace.

Coleman says she is ready to continue her work of being fair and supportive of this community. Grace says he is wanting to reform the criminal justice system and to speak on behalf of the victims inside and outside of the system.

“We have issue such as mass incarceration, pre-trial detention of defendants who are presumed innocent, but are in jail for five or six years waiting on a trial,” Grace explains. “I’m running to try to alleviate some of those problems while making sure public safety is paramount.”

“I’m the only candidate with the experience of trying cases before a jury in the courtroom,” Coleman says. “I have also got 16 years of experience of being a felony level prosecutor. Most of all, I am invested in this community and I am committed to fighting for justice for all.”

Coleman has had endorsements from several members of law enforcement, as well as a Congressman. Michael Grace has had a significant amount of support online and volunteers helping him campaign and is endorsed by the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“One of the things we have to keep in mind is that everything we see on social media isn’t true. I think that’s one of the reasons that the law enforcement endorsement meant so much and the Guest endorsement,” Coleman says.

“Obviously this campaign has been divisive, especially on social media. I respect Cassie. She’s a colleague of mine. We have been practicing in this jurisdiction for a little bit now. Whatever is meant to happen is going to happen tomorrow,” Grace says.

On Tuesday the campaign continues with one last big push for votes.

"We are out trying to hit as many houses as we can before the election tomorrow. Just getting people motivated to go to the polls. We are trying to get our message to them and to just leave it all in God's hands," Grace says.

“We will be out and about in the community and the polls. My strongest thing is just that everybody continue to pray and to please get out and vote. All of the candidates have worked really hard and every vote does count,” Coleman says.

The 10th District Circuit Court includes Kemper County, Lauderdale County, Clarke County and Wayne County.

Polls open at 7:00 a.m.