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VOL. 125 | NO. 125 | Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ben F. Jones Chapter Endorses In Judicial Races

By Bill Dries

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A committee of the Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association has endorsed candidates in all five of the special judicial elections on the Aug. 5 ballot.

The committee also endorsed in three of the court clerk races on the ballot.

The ten member committee, headed by retired Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey and attorney Samuel Perkins, spent Saturday and Sunday interviewing dozens of candidates. They also reviewed applications from the candidates.

There are 20 candidate alone in the race for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Division 7 – the largest field of any race, primary or general, on the Aug. 5 ballot.

Here are the endorsements:

•Circuit Court Judge Div. 4: Gina Higgins

•Circuit Court Judge Div. 8: Venita Martin

•Criminal Court Judge Div. 3: Glenn Wright

General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7: Carolyn Watkins

•General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10: Lee Wilson

•Criminal Court Clerk: Minerva Johnican

•Probate Court Clerk: Sondra Becton

•Juvenile Court Clerk: Shep Wilbun

The committee heard from the candidates in the race for Circuit Court Clerk, incumbent Republican Jimmy Moore and Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon, but did not make an endorsement in that race.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 223 1,152
MORTGAGES 55 189 861
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 25 45 144
BUILDING PERMITS 149 541 2,593
BANKRUPTCIES 24 120 581
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 65 264
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0