Candidate Profile: Chancery Judge, District 10 Part 2

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This Tuesday we have the profiles of two more write in candidates for the position of Chancery Judge for District ten, Place one.

Judge James H. C. Thomas, who previously held the spot, passed away earlier this October. Thomas's name remains on the ballot, but voters can write in the name of several qualifying candidates including Attorney Sheila Smallwood.

Smallwood said the Chancellor position is important because one of it's main goals is to protect children. Chancery Court deals primarily with family issues, which Smallwood specializes in.

Smallwood has practiced in Chancery Courts statewide for the past fifteen years. Additionally, Smallwood is a Petal Municipal Judge, a position she has held for ten years.

"I've been practicing pretty much entirely family law issues representing mothers, fathers, children in divorces, custody and adoption matters. Basically that is why I'm seeking this position, is based on my experience," said Smallwood.

The married mother of two daughters said being elected a Chancery Court Judge has always been a professional goal of hers.

Another write in candidate vying for the position of Chancery Court Judge for District ten is Hattiesburg Lawyer, Ronald Doleac.

Doleac has practiced law in the Hub City region for thirty eight years, and said his family has been a part of the community for at least five generations.

For seventeen years Doleac has also served as Special Master for the Forrest County Chancery Court and this year he added a new role to his professional experience.

"And recently this year as Family Master for the Forrest County Chancery Court for Department of Human Service hearings. That these qualifications as well as my church and family and civic and simply my life experiences qualify me to offer for this position of public trust," said Doleac.

Doleac said our government is based on a strong, competent and independent judiciary that works for the benefit of it's citizens.

On Wednesday at 2PM at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, Mississippi's Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman will be in Hattiesburg educating voters about the write in process. The election is November second.

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