By Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Former District Attorney Eddie Bowen appears to be leading the pack in the race for Circuit Judge in the 13th District.
Resolution committees in Covington, Jasper, Smith, and Simpson counties are in their second day of counting write in ballots to replace Robert Evans, who passed away this summer.
Because Evans was the only one who qualified, voters in the 13th District had to write in the name of their candidates. The governor appointed Bowen to be interim judge until the election could be held. Covington County Election Commissioner, Richard Aultman, says the process has been a nightmare.
"It is tough. I hope we don't ever have to have another write in, because it's been tough. We've gotten names like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and then we've got a good many people scattered over the county that their names have entered that is not qualified. So, it has been terrible for a lot of people," said Aultman.