Court appoints judge to hear election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s Supreme Court has appointed Circuit Judge David H. Strong of McComb to preside over a lawsuit challenging the qualifications of three city council candidates and seeking to halt the June 4 election in Hattiesburg.

The Hattiesburg American reports Strong was appointed after another judge removed himself from the case.

Last week, Ward 1 Democratic candidate J.C. Herrington filed an injunction to halt the Hattiesburg election and remove independent candidates Derrick Ware, Petra Arnold Wingo, and Kavaji S. Beverly from the general election ballot.

Herrington’s suit alleges the city election commission negligently or intentionally qualified the three despite an opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood’s office stating the candidates did not get enough signatures on their qualifying petitions from within their wards.

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