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MS Supreme Court runoff election produces light local turnout

No matter how short the ballot, election procedures must be carefully followed.

New Albany, MS– Desoto County Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin trounced Columbus attorney John Brady in the November 29th runoff race for the Northern District seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Bobby Chamberlin, newly elected to MS Supreme Court

Bobby Chamberlin, newly elected to MS Supreme Court in runoff election

Compete unofficial results showed Chamberlin with 19,974 votes (55%) in the 33-county Northern (3rd) Supreme Court District, while Brady received 16,612 (45%).

Chamberlin has served as a circuit judge in the 17th Circuit Court District since 2004 and was re-elected to a four-year term without opposition in 2014. Chamberlin earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Kim have a son, William.

Brady is a member of the prestigious Mitchell, McNutt and Sims law firm. His undergraduate degree is from Mississippi State University, and he earned his law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law in 1994.

Chamberlin carried 17 of the 33 counties in the district. However, Union County was one of the 16 counties that voted for Brady.

Union County voters gave Brady 700 votes (56.36%) and Chamberlin received 540 (43.48%).

Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford oversees the Union County voting procedure.

Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford oversees the Union County runoff voting procedure.

Turnout in Union County was light. Just 1,242 Union County voters (7.47% of those eligible) actually voted in the election.

Conducting the runoff election cost Union County taxpayers between $12,000 and $15,000, which is ten to twelve dollars for each vote Union County cast in the runoff. There were no other races on the ballot here.

Chamberlin carried Desoto, his home county, with 94% of the votes cast there. Desoto County, the third largest in Mississippi by population, gave Chamberlin 5,054 votes, a little more than a quarter of the total vote he received in Tuesday’s runoff.

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