Candidate Profile: Chancery Judge, District 10

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (HATTIESBURG) - Judge James H.C. Thomas, who passed away earlier this October, previously held the spot of Chancery Judge in District ten. Because his name was already printed unopposed on the November second ballot, voters can now write in a candidates name.

Hattiesburg Attorney Chad Shook is one several hopefuls now vying for the vacated Place one seat. Shook has practiced law in the Hub City for the past seven years with previous legal experience in both Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta.

A political newcomer, Shook said the Chancery Court Judge Place one position in District ten is an important election voters need to participate in.

Chancery Court deals primarily with family issues related to divorce, adoptions, wills and other matters.

Shook said, "My law practice career wise has been a mix of litigation and I have experience in traditional chancery matters. And so that coupled with my other experience makes me uniquely qualified to serve the people of the tenth district."

On October 13th at two PM, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman will be in Hattiesburg at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center explaining the write in process for voters.

Justice Court Judge and Hattiesburg Lawyer, Deborah Gambrel, is another write in candidate for the Chancery Judge District ten Place one position.

Gambrell said her thirty years of law experience and community service have qualified her for a Chancellor spot. Gambrell said she has always wanted to be a Chancery Court Judge and she hopes voters pay attention to this election and understand that a candidate's name needs to be written in on the ballot.

"I have served my community well because I think that is my call in life to give back to my community. And I want to serve in that position. The majority of my practice has been in Chancery practice for the last thirty years. And I think that I am prepared to fill the shoes that Judge Thomas left and he left some very big shoes to fill," said Gambrell.

District ten encompasses five Pine Belt counties, and Chancery Judges are elected to four year terms. On Tuesday, News Seven will profile two more write in candidates for this position.

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