Let me share a few facts with you about this year’s judicial elections.
- There are 146 judicial positions available.
- 36 incumbents chose to retire or not seek reelection – 25%
- 95 judicial positions are not contested – 65%
- 51 judicial positions are contested, by 136 candidates – 35%
- 15 incumbent judges were challenged – 10%
Do we really have a “elected” judiciary? Probably not. It’s more like a hybrid appointed and elected judiciary.
When you consider that (a) 5 of the 9 Supreme Court Justices were initially appointed, (b) 6 out of 10 COA Judges were initially appointed, and (c) 65% of judges are not opposed, I am of the opinion that the argument that Mississippi’s judicial elections are too political is not necessarily true.