Third candidate qualifies for Circuit Court Judge race

Third candidate qualifies for Circuit Court Judge race

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A third candidate put his name in the race Tuesday for the second circuit court judge seat in the 12th Judicial District.

Hattiesburg attorney Chad Shook will run against former district attorney Jon Mark Weathers and outgoing Hattiesburg city attorney Charles E. Lawrence, Jr.

Shook ran against incumbent Judge Bob Helfrich last November for the seat, which has since gotten an additional judgeship thanks to House Bill 703.

When Shook ran that election, he said he wanted to expand the drug court and veterans treatment court programs by tracking the participants after they graduated from drug court. He also said there needed to be a focus on civil cases, which he said need to be processed more quickly after a trending increase in time on the docket.

The qualifying period ends June 1, and the non-partisan judge's election will be in the November general election. The 12th Judicial District covers Forrest and Perry counties.