Brookhaven attorney Durr to take over as chancery judge

Published 1:22 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Now that he’s been elected chancery judge for the district serving Lincoln and Copiah counties, Joseph Durr’s caseload will change.

He’ll resign as city prosecutor for Brookhaven as well as Lincoln County Youth Court prosecutor. He’ll also step away from the family business of Kellems Law Firm, leaving the practice to be run by his wife, Cheli, and father-in-law Brady Kellems.

In unofficial results Tuesday night, District 15 voters chose Durr over Renee Harrison Berry 11,530 to 8,420 to fill the seat left vacant by retiring judge Ed Patten. In Lincoln County, Durr received 9,053 votes to Berry’s 2,929 — 75.43 percent.

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“Lincoln County came out strong,” he said. “I was humbled and appreciative of the support of both Lincoln and Copiah and I’m humbled that they have the faith in me to serve as their next chancellor and I’m not going to let them down. I’m going to serve faithfully and impartially with respect and fairness to all.”

Durr celebrated in downtown Brookhaven after the polls closed with a small group of friends, “enjoying the moment and letting it sink in.”

In the Court of Appeals race for District 4, Position 2:

David McCarty received 55,035 votes to Jeff Weill Sr.’s 29,975 and Byron Carter’s 24,554, according to media reports.

David M. Ishee ran unopposed for the Southern District Supreme Court District 2 Post 1 spot. Lincoln County voters cast 99.25 percent of the ballots with Ishee as their pick. He received 10,103 votes, with 76 votes cast for write-in candidates.