HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg judge has been elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Dawn Beam beat out opponent Michael Shareef with 66 percent of the vote.
Beam was first appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Phil Bryant in 2015. Beam filled in the unexpired term of Justice Randy Pierce, who stepped down in January of 2016.
Since 2010, Beam has been a Mississippi Chancery Judge for the 10th District presiding over cases in Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, and Marion counties. Prior to becoming Chancery Judge, Beam was the Lamar County prosecutor from 2007 to 2010, and her duties had a heavy emphasis on collaborating with social workers and youth service officers to protect abused and neglected children.