Justice court judge candidates prepare for special election

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The retirement of long-time judge Robbie Robinson in December has opened the doors for a new justice court judge in District 2.

Ondray Harris, Sr. was appointed to the post 10 months ago and will face off against, Jesse Hill Jr., a familiar face to District 2 residents.

"Like many of the individuals that grew up in District 2, I have a deep respect for Judge Robinson. When I heard that he decided to resign, I gave it some consideration, and after prayer, I decided to take the opportunity to go ahead and run for the position," said Hill.

"Watching him maneuver and through his courts and in his courts, you know he has always been about being a fair man. And that has been my objection of me day 1 as being an elected official," said Harris.

Both candidates say they believe you must have close knit ties to the community to successfully fulfill the duties of a judge.

"I want to be committed to the citizens of District 2. I think they need a voice from their district on the justice court. And then again, going to law school, having the opportunity to get a formal legal education, I think helps prepare us for the job," Hill said.

"To be able to come and knock on your door and come talk to you and you sit down on a friendly basis, you know, that gives people heart to know that, 'hey, I do have a chance'. It might be good for me or it can be good for me," Harris said.

With less than a month to go, these candidates request your vote to serve the District 2 community.

"You know this community has invested in me and I hope they give me the opportunity to help pay back that investment," said Hill.

"And as you have, continue to vote and support Ondray Harris for District Court Judge District 2, and I thank you," Harris said.

The special election will be November 7th. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. To find out if you are part of this election in District 2, check your voter registration card or contact the circuit clerk’s office.