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Candidate Profiles: Justice Court Judge District 3

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MARTY HAUG
** WILL ATTEND Meet & Greet on July 8

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I was born and raised in Starkville/Oktibbeha County.  I graduated from Starkville High School and Mississippi State.  I then moved to Florida for law school and after graduating from law school, practiced in Florida then returned home and opened my practice here.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I have over 12 years of experience as an attorney working on thousands of civil and criminal cases.  My legal background gives me the best understanding of any candidate about proper court room procedures and will allow me to make unbiased  judgments about the cases before me.  My experience and understanding of the law will also allow me to apply the law to the facts presented to me as I make fair decisions as a judge.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
I firmly believe that proper legal training should be required for all judges and is necessary when issuing decisions that will affect people’s lives.  It is also important that a judge looks at each case before him or her and makes fair decisions that are deeply based on the law.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Starkville is a great community full of great families and students who decide to become young adults during their college years.  The people are what makes us a strong community.  We are also lucky to have Mississippi State University, strong public schools and great activities for the youth in the community and those things are helpful to keeping our youth out of the court systems.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
Starkville is a growing community and with population growth you will see an increase in cases in the Justice Court system.  I would like to see a more systematic approach to doing court business as well as make sure the Justice Court is following proper court room procedures so we can make court more efficient.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
We are on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ElectMartyHaugForDistrict3JusticeCourt

Or I can be reached at (662) 617-9489, or at my office at (662) 324-9492

 


 

 

W.L. “WILL” HUTCHINSON

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I have been I lifelong resident of Oktibbeha County

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I bring 28 years of resolving public issues,and 12 years of police experience.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
I want to be fair, dependable, consistent and accountable to all people while uphold the law of the state.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
We have a wonderful community that comes together in time of need and great local business owners that bring uniqueness and culture to our town.  One of our weaknesses is low voter registration participation.  I hope voters understand that we value their voice and opinion, and that is the only way we can learn how to serve them better.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
I love and appreciate local businesses but would like to see bigger chain come to our town so that residents could stay here to shop.   I would like to see more family centered activities for town.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
Voters will have a mail out coming to them the end of July with information about myself.

If anyone  would like to ask questions please email me at willhutchinson33@yahoo.com

 


 

 

BUDDY JOHNSTON
Q&A responses not submitted

 


 

JIM MILLS
Q&A responses not submitted

 


 

 

HARDY M. MITCHELL

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
My family and I lived here from 1987-1992. I was an Assistant AD in the MSU Athletic Department prior to our move to the MS Delta from 1992-2002. We moved back to Starkville where my wife, Melanie is Co-Owner of Starkville Properties and I own Shipley’s Do-Nuts.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I am a fair and honest person and I feel that I have good common sense which is very important for a judge. I have a reputation of being a “people person” and of being “down to earth.” I have a natural ability to work with children and youth and can relate to different types people regardless of age or social/economic status. I am experienced in sales and management positions. As owner of Shipley’s, I manage the staff and day to day operations along with doing PR and interacting with the customers.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
I feel that anyone who is in a position to be a Judge has to be fair, impartial, honest, and have high integrity along with being a good decision maker. The ability to make common sense decisions and to be able to relate to all types of people is a key factor.  I feel that I have the ability to do all of this and am qualified for this position.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
The people of Starkville make us a strong community. The people here are friendly and hospitable and very welcoming. The college students bring an energy that is contagious. Starkville has a great diversity of cultures and the University impacts us in many positive ways. Starkville is growing with new businesses and restaurants opening and is developing residentially due to the increase in students. More Alumni are buying game day homes which are a direct result of our college sports success. We have a lot of natural resources that make Starkville a beautiful community and a place that would make people want to live here. We do need improvement to our public school system to help attract industry to Starkville rather than neighboring towns.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
I hope to see Public education reach its full potential and I think we are on the way to achieving that.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
Hardymmitchell@gmail.com

 


CHEIKH A. TAYLOR

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I am a lifelong resident of Starkville, except for the years I attended Howard University in Washington, DC, earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
Although there are few qualifications for Justice Court Judge, a viable candidate should be able to educate our community, effectively conduct the business of the courtroom and serve this great community whether on or off the bench.

As a community Servant – I’ve served for the past 18 years as the Executive Director of Brickfire Project with the sole responsibility of seeking out problems in this community and developing programs and services to fix them.

As an Educator – I’ve taught on college campuses, devoted countless hours in early childhood education, developed workforce training programs and implemented training courses for inmates of the county jail.

As a Business Professional – I am a member of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, I provide job opportunities for 14 employees, provide services to over 120 at risk children and families in Starkville/Oktibbeha County and have increased affordable home ownership here in Starkville.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
Being a Justice Court Judge is a serious matter. It not only affects you, but the lives of your family and the people of this great community. In consideration for a Justice Court Judge I believe what matters most is personal integrity, the ability to be fair and impartial, and the ability to understand and apply the law.  There is no room for personal bias or agendas.

In addition to making Justice, fairness and equality the standard, I believe that my community deserves more. We need preventive measures to keep citizens out of the criminal justice system and rehabilitative measures to educate and assist those with records in becoming productive.

To address these issues I have implemented “Project Clean Slate”, a free expungement workshop that assists with removing criminal records so you can to get back to work, back in school and back on your feet.

I have also hosted ‘Saving Our Sons and Daughters’, a workshop that brings law enforcement, attorneys and community leaders together to educate us about the law and our rights in an effort to build trust among citizens and law enforcement.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Our community has the distinction of being one of the top 100 small towns in America and all for good reasons. Starkville, is a unique place, which holds in high regard education, competiveness and good ole fashion values. But, in efforts to continue positive growth, we must strive to maintain our greatest asset, our human capital. We must keep and attract good people to contribute to our community. The only way to do this is to increase job opportunities with liable wages and for our schools to raise standards so that we can compete not only nationally, but globally as well.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
Early childhood education is a critical component in the overall development of our community. In the next five years I see direct participation from our preschool programs, public and private school systems and local college and universities to serve as one body to help solve our educational frustrations and provide real resources to raise our standards. And as far as our criminal justice system, we need to continue fair and balanced discussions to educate each other on personal accountability so that Starkville won’t be the next Baltimore, Ferguson, or Galveston. We made great strides with the participation of all three law enforcement agencies (Starkville Police Dept, Oktibbeha Sheriff Dept, and Miss State Police Dept,) along with local attorneys and civic leaders on June 17, 2015 with the Saving our Sons and Daughters Event. With this type of support and activism I see Starkville and Oktibbeha County being proactive and leading the way in community action and interaction.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
For additional information please visit the Committee to Elect Taylor for Justice Court Judge on facebook or visit my personal facebook page listed as Cheikh Taylor. To contact me directly please call (662) 617-8125) or via email cheikhtaylor@yahoo.com.

 


 

 

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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