From Staff, Press Reports
Two attorneys will be on Webster County’s November general election ballot running for an open seat on the state Supreme Court. They have qualified for the District 3, Post 3 seat now held by retiring Justice George Carlson of Batesville, who has served on the court since 2001. The seat is one of three elected from Mississippi’s northern 33 counties, including Webster. May 11 was the qualifying deadline for non-partisan judicial offices. The final list of qualifiers released by the secretary of state’s office shows that two candidates are running in the Northern District election. They are Josiah Dennis Coleman of Toccopola in Pontotoc County and Richard T. “Flip” Phillips of Batesville. Coleman is the son of Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Tom Coleman and grandson of the late J.P. Coleman of Ackerman, former governor and U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals justice. The candidate practices defense litigation with the firm of Hickman, Goza and Spragins in Oxford, where he is a volunteer firefighter. Phillips, a partner in the firm of Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott and Nowak, has been city attorney for Batesville since 1978. He also is attorney for Panola Partnership, the county’s economic development entity. Phillips has handled insurance litigation throughout the nation, according to his political announcement.