Normally sitting judges do not attract opponents as members of the local bar typically refrain from crossing sitting judges. The recent municipal elections in New Orleans underscores that basic fact. Here in Mississippi that is not the case however:
Fields for November judicial races are set ~ Sun Herald
Luckily for everyone I was given the back story on two races. First up is this:
In Circuit Court District 2, which includes Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties, three additional candidates have qualified to run for the judgeship that John C. Gargiulo holds. They are Robert Fant Walker, Chris Schmidt and Myles Sharp.
This was the biggest head scratcher for me but Phillip Thomas at Mississippi Litigation review solved this mystery last month:
Word on the street in Gulfport back at Mardi Gras identified Judge Garguilo as slated to become the new federal court magistrate in Gulfport.
Next up is the Chancery Court race over Jackson County way per the Sun Herald article linked above:
In Chancery Court District 16, which includes Jackson, George and Greene counties, the judgeships held by D. Neil Harris and G. Charles “Chuck” Bordis have additional candidates.
Pascagoula City Judge Michael Fondren and Pascagoula attorney Gary Roberts have qualified to run for the seat Bordis holds….
So the back story goes Judge Fondren’s wife April was Judge Bordis’ court reporter. Judge Bordis and April….., well ahemmm:
And then the lawsuits began to fly. Docket sheets from Jackson County obtained by Slabbed indicate that on December 20, 2013 Judge Fondren filed a lawsuit against Brodis with Alienation of Affection as the tort alleged.
Coincidentally, the other candidate to qualify against Judge Bordis, Gary Roberts certainly understands Judge Fondren’s pain. Sources have indicated to Slabbed that Mr.
Roberts Bordis has since withdrawn from the race.
I think this District 16 race will be worth following.