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Strong, Taylor return to Circuit Court judicial posts

Voters in the District 14 Circuit Court Tuesday kept both judges in office for another four years.

Post 2 Circuit Judge David H. Strong Jr. didn’t face an opponent and flew easily through the election to win the non-partisan seat.

Incumbent Mike Taylor faced a challenger in David Lee Brewer for the Post 1 seat, but won the spot with 75.43 percent of the vote in Lincoln County and enough in Walthall and Pike counties to keep him in the office. In unofficial returns Tuesday, 9,007 Lincoln County votes were cast for Taylor, while Brewer received 2,921.

Taylor celebrated with pizza at the First Street Business Center with friends, family and supporters.

“I am honored that the voters of Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties have given me the opportunity to serve as their circuit court judge for another term,” he said. “Now that the election is behind us, I look forward to being able to turn my full attention back to the important work of the court.”

Taylor, 55, has presided over the courtrooms of the 14th District since 2005. He said he ran for re-election because he enjoys being a part of the process of resolving cases in circuit court.

As a circuit court judge he has supervised the district’s drug court.

“Making drug court available to those who want the chance at rehabilitation is critical,” he said during the campaign. “Since I have been your circuit judge, we have doubled the size of drug court to 240 participants. This includes 40 participants for which drug court receives no state funding and with no additional cost to taxpayers. We are also able to offer free certified training to local law enforcement officers in firearms, security, tactical medical care, and other disciplines.”

Strong has served as a circuit judge for nearly 13 years as well.

“I’ve been here for 12 ½ years and seek to do the right thing for all litigants,” he said during his campaign.