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Candidate Profiles: Justice Court Judge District 1

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WILLIAM ANTON “TONY” BOYKIN, JR.

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
All my life, born and raised attending Starkville Public Schools.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
Experience- 39 1/2 years on the Bench as a Justice Court Judge. Over 1,500 hours of schooling presented by the Law School at the University of Mississippi.  Have attended numerous schools in the states of Maine, Arkansas, and Florida. Presented by National Judicial College. Member of Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association for 30 years, member of Mississippi Judicial College Board of Governors for 25 years, which I am currently- serving- member- Mississippi Judicial Performance Committee for 5 years.  Make numerous speaking engagements at our schools with our young children.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
Listen to all evidence presented before making any decision on a case court decorum, having baliff in Court to insure safety Integrity and compassion to all involved. Treat all in court fair.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Strengths are our school system, jr. college, Mississippi State University, 2nd to none anywhere in Mississippi.

Weaknesses need to do more to make sure our children stay in school: Learn how to make a living and be productive.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
More volunteer working with our children, people on a mission teaching our children the value of education, character, dignity,  that we all:need  to succeed in this life.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
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JESSI A. COLLIER

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I have resided in Starkville/Oktibbeha County for 20 years.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I am currently a third year student at MSU triple majoring in Chemistry, Mandarin Chinese, and Finance.

I am a G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Leadership Fellow.  I have interned with the County Prosecutors office as  a court intern auditing criminal cases in justice court.  I have also interned with physicians at the Oktibbeha County Hospital.  I am founder of a newly formed community service organization, Better Life Charity of Starkville.  I am an independent business owner of a wellness products company.

I hold memberships in the following organizations:

American Chemical Society

Chemistry Ambassadors (Chemistry Honor Society)

Chemistry Demonstration Team

Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society

Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women

MSU Alumni Association Oktibbeha County

The current justice court judges have collectively served in the judge positions for 96 years.  It is time for Oktibbeha County citizens to be represented with fresh ideas, a diverse bench and new generation leadership.

I am qualified for this position because I have the drive, the initiative and the education to perform the duties of this position with integrity and fairness.  My values are education, family, excellence, community, law and order.  I am able to learn the duties and the protocols of this position quickly.  I will work to bring our county justice court system up to speed with the latest technology and an improved fees/ fines collection system.  I will  work to make resources accessible to plaintiffs and defendants alike which will result in cases being acted upon quickly and efficiently.  I want to be your next Justice Court Judge in District 1.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
I perceive the most important aspects of being a justice court judge are integrity on and off the bench, fairness to all litigants, and the ability to be impartial regardless of a litigants race,  gender, or affiliations.  I  see timeliness and order in the courtroom and in procedural processes paramount to the effectiveness of the judge’s position.   I also think an important aspect of being judge is the ability to ease tension and bring a level of comfort to those persons appearing before the judge.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
The best strengths of this  burgeoning micropolis are its’ safe, family-friendly feel, its’ newly consolidated school district, three certified police agencies, a flagship university, and a flourishing medical community.  What I think we can unite around is developing a more vigorous political community and bringing more opportunities for cultural and artistic expressions.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
Five years from now, I hope to see this area experiencing the following:

(a)  a healthy population increase;

(b)  an industry or industries that we can claim as unique to our town;

(c)  venues for entertainment, literary expansion, increase in agricultural growth;

(d)  local schools working more in tandem with MSU to elevate our schools overall performance;

(e)  academics highlighted in local newspapers as much as athletics;

(f)   more racial diversity in the city/county’s top leadership; and finally

(g)  a long overdue modernization of justice court system  which I hope to be an integral part of in bringing  to the citizens of Oktibbeha County.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
Residents and voters can learn more and about me and my message by going here:

www.electjessicollier.com  – please read my blog posts, volunteer to help my campaign, make donations and sign up for my bi-monthly campaign newsletter.  You can also participate in weekly polls on the site.

Facebook – Jessi Collier for Justice Court Judge

Follow me on Twitter – @electjessi
You are invited to speak with me personally at  662-323-2717.

 


 

 

GAY LYNN WILLIAMS
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As part of our monthly Blue Ribbon Business Resources series, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will provide our membership with an opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates during the next Power Breakfast scheduled for July 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Register your attendance for the Candidate Meet & Greet, where candidates who accepted our invitation will offer a 5-minute statement, and Partnership members and constituents will have the opportunity for informal conversations with candidates before and after the program. Doors open at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 8. Power Breakfast is free for GSDP member representatives, and non-members are welcome for a fee of $25 per person.

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