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Judicial Election Winners & Run-off(s)


Chancery Judges Unopposed

Dewayne Thomas

Denise Owens 


Crystal Wise Martin defeating Reginald Harrion


Tiffany Grove  vs.  Monique Brown-Barrett



Chancery Judges Unopposed

John C. McLaurin, Jr.

Haydn J. Roberts


Mel Coxwell vs. Troy Odom


CHANCERY CT. DIST 14 Place 1 (Starkville, Columbus, et. al.)


Lee Ann Turner vs. Rodney Faver 









Charles E. “Charlie” Smith Chancery 21-2

Judge Larry Primeaux. Unopposed.


LEFLORE COUNTY  (includes additional Delta counties)


Katherine Tackett Mills vs. Willie J. Perkins, Sr. 



David Shoemake


THE COAST Chancery Court Judge 8, 3 


Margaret Alfonso vs. Sanford R. (Sandy) Steckler 

This race is exciting because of the candidates. Judge Steckler is the incumbent.Judge Alfonso is a former Chancellor who left Chancery for Youth Court (County Court) and is now running.This makes a very recent former Chancellor against a current Chancellor and they actually served together.

Chancery Court District 16 Place 2, SW Coastal Counties


 Tanya Hasbrouck vs. Ashlee Trehern.

Harrison County Court/Youth Court


Mike Dickinson vs.  Anna Ward Sukmann


District 6: Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Kemper, Neshoba, Winston 


Kiley Kirk

…more to come.


The Rain is Coming…Go VOTE

We’re about to get drenched. No, not for Halloween trick-or-treating, as the weather predictors have moved the rain coming in to late this evening and tomorrow. But, with an election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the onslaught of adds, information, misinformation, and rhetoric.


There are numerous interesting campaigns throughout the state.

Hinds County Chancery Court (aka Family Court) has 2 contested elections.

Chancery Court Judge Sub 5-2

Patricia Wise – Current Chancellor – is retiring.

The candidates are;

Reginald Harrion 

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, at the former Hinds General Hospital, Reginald Harrion is an attorney proudly residing in Jackson, Mississippi.  He has active licenses to practice law in Arizona, Georgia, and Mississippi, as well as multiple federal district and bankruptcy courts.  He is presently employed as the “Chancery Attorney” at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., and is charged with handling minors’ settlements, estates, conservatorships, and guardianships.  His work has afforded him the benefit of entering appearances in all 20 Chancery Court districts in the State of Mississippi.

Reginald is a former Specially Appointed Judge for the Hinds County Chancery Court.  He served as a Special Master to hear civil commitment cases and recommend courses of action and services for persons needing inpatient and outpatient mental treatment.  He also served as a Family Master to hear cases and recommended judgments establishing, modifying, and enforcing paternity and child support actions filed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Read more about Reginald Harrion here.

Crystal Wise Martin

Crystal Wise Martin of Jackson, daughter of Mr. Mark and Judge Patricia Wise (current chancellor), received her B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College, her B.Ch.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995, and her J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1998.

She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in May, 1998, and joined Langston, Frazer, Sweet and Freese, P.A. She taught Legal Writing at the University of Mississippi, worked in the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.

In February 2008, she served as Attorney to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. In 2014, she begin operating the law firm of Precious Martin, Sr. & Associates, PLLC, the firm started by her late husband, of more than 14 years, Precious T. Martin, Sr.

She has served as a member of Mississippi Supreme Court’s Pro Hac Vice Commission; Magnolia Bar Association, President and Secretary; Mississippi Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; Capital Area Bar Association; and Mississippi Association for Justice. She is the host of the local radio segment called “Talk of the Town” on 90.1 WMPR. She is the proud mother of four children, Precious, Jr. (age 15), Daniel (age 13), Alyssa (age 10), and Anna (age 8).

Read more about Crystal Wise Martin here.

More posts to follow this week, through next week…

Hinds Chancery Judge Race

Hinds County has four full-time Family Law Judges. The qualifying deadline is May for those persons seeking to become the next Chancellor. Qualifiers, so far, include;


Dewayne Thomas Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-1

Judge Thomas is a shoe-in to win. Not only because he is unopposed currently, though that helps, but also because he has a reputation for fair rulings, a good judicial temperament and willingness to listen.


Subdistrict 2 is the race to watch right now.(primarily because it is the only contested race).

Patricia Wise Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-2

Judge Wise is the incumbent. She has served as a Chancellor since being elected in 1989. Judge Wise has reputation for being tough and insisting that attorneys and litigants respect the Court and follow the required procedures. The rumor was Judge Wise considered retirement, but she has qualified and is seeking another four years.

Reginald Harrion Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-2

Reginald Harrion is challenging Judge Wise for the District 2 seat. Harrion, an associate with Schwartz & Associates, P.A., is admitted to practice in Mississippi, Arizona and Georgia. He has been practicing for nearly 20 years.


Denise Owens Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-3

Judge Owens is the Senior Chancellor, meaning she has been the longest-serving Chancellor of the current Judges. Rumors swirled about Judge Owens possibly retiring as well. However, Judge Owens qualified to run again. Judge Owens has a good reputation and is known for thoughtful, fair rulings.


Steven P. Nixon Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-4

Subdistrict 4 will be lead by a new Chancellor in 2019, with the retirement of Judge Singletary. So far, only one candidate has qualified for this seat, Steven Nixon. Nixon has been in private practice since 2004 and has also served as Municipal Court Judge in Clinton. Nixon has a good reputation as an attorney and will make a good jurist.

The rumor-mill has at least another attorney qualifying for this seat, but has not as of the time of this posting.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and limits his practice to almost exclusively Chancery Court in the State.