Cowart seeks re-election

Published 6:35 pm Friday, April 20, 2007

I, Nell Cowart take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for re-election to the Office of Justice Court Judge in the South East District of Pearl River County.

I’m a life long resident of Pearl River County. My parents were the late Verdie M. Saucier and Raxdle G. Gipson of Poplarville. I have four grown children. I’m blessed as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. My family is my pride and joy.

I have had the honor and privilege to serve you, the people of this county, for the past 11 years. I was appointed in January 1977 by the Board of Supervisors after my husband the late Judge Richard A. Cowart passed away while in route to the hospital.

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Prior to his death, from 1980-1992, he was Justice Court Judge, S.E. District. I worked as his Justice Court Clerk. He was also Poplarville’s Municipal Court Judge. I was his clerk there too, during that time. I was then appointed to fill his vacancy.

I have run in two elections and was successful. Now I am asking for your continued support. I’ve found this position to be challenging and extremely rewarding. I’ve endeavored to provide a just forum for all who came before me. I sincerely believe I have met this goal by being receptive to all of our people. Also being concerned that justice is done in accordance with the law.

During my tenure as Justice Court Judge, I have accumulated approximately 200 hours of required training with the University of Mississippi Judicial College, out of Oxford. I’ve also completed 100 hours of National Certified Creditation classes, included are criminal and civil laws. I have been working with the justice court system since 1980. I am qualified. I ask you the voters to consider my years of experience and vote: Nell Cowart, Justice Court Judge, Southeast District, Pearl River County.

We all know how fast our county has grown, crime is rapidly increasing all around us. Our courts and judges have to be tough on crime in order to make our community a safe place to live and raise our children.

If you do not know me, I ask you to speak with your friends and neighbors about me. I’m aware of all our new folks that have moved in because of Katrina.

I have strived and I will continue to strive to set the highest example of personal integrity in public office.