Harrell announces candidacy

Published 2:13 pm Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I, Judge Prentiss Harrell, am announcing my candidacy for re-election for Circuit Judge, Place 2. For the past four years I have served as your Circuit Judge for Jeff Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion and Pearl River counties.

During that time I have been tough on crime, protecting you, your family and community. I have also sought to administer justice with certainty and compassion. I established the first drug court in the district providing those who qualify with a chance for a new life and to become a productive citizen in our state. Not only has the drug court impacted the lives of the families involved but it has also had a major financial impact. The Drug Court in the 15th Circuit Court District has saved taxpayers almost $3 million a year in prison costs.

Becoming your Circuit Judge has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

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It has allowed me to be involved in improving the judicial system and making a difference in the communities I serve.

— Four years Circuit Judge 15th District.

— Two terms Lamar County Prosecuting Attorney.

— Served as President, Seven-member law firm.

— Practicing attorney 18 years.

— Adjunct instructor of Business Law, William Carey University.

— Member Mississippi State Bar Association.

— Member South Central Mississippi Bar Association.

I have two children and six grandchildren. I am a member, Sunday school teacher and former trustee of Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. I am a former president and member of the Greater Hattiesburg Homebuilder’s Association and former member of the Area Development Partnership.

I sincerely ask you to allow me to continue to work for you and seek justice in the 15th Circuit Court District, Place 2. I have the experience, maturity and desire to serve.

Please vote to re-elect Prentiss Harrell, Tuesday, Nov. 2.