by Hunter Dawkins

The Mudcat Report was an idea developed a few years ago from the Mississippi Delta native flathead catfish with a little tradition put into this about blues and politics.

Decades of political experience will be given to adopt the articles used in this tabloid-style newspaper. Over the last few decades, Americans have been increasingly doubtful about the outlook of government and the quality of governmental achievement. The creation of the Mudcat Report is an evaluation of the incumbents and what the challengers have to offer under a realistic sense.

Despite Americans and Mississippians complaints about governmental actions, incumbents remain hard to beat because of money, grassroots, political parties, and social media. Thus, in an age federal prosperity, expectations are high on healthcare, crime, education, and environment, even is congressional elections.

The judicial races discussed are intriguing because of the name recognition, not simply because they are capable of doing their job correctly. Chancery and County judicial races endure irregularities because of their nonpartisanship and actions on the court system.

Litmus tests at local levels often fall on their name recognition and cases that have been influential towards county or municipality actions rather than decifering beliefs on social issues.

Advocates for either political party will attempt to strengthen for the coherence of candidates. The judicial candidates should polish their record of a specific issue or experience in their race.

Hopefully, your decision will be made with reading and review of The Mudcat Report. November 6 is around the corner.


Six names are on the ballot in Harrison County and in counties which have a county court, a county court judge also serves as the youth court judge. County courts share jurisdiction with Mississippi’s circuit and chancery courts in some civil matters. The jurisdictional limit of county courts is up to $200,000. County courts may handle non-capital felony cases transferred from circuit court. County court judges may issue search warrants, set bond and preside over preliminary hearings. County courts have concurrent jurisdiction with justice courts in all matters, civil and criminal.

Elise Deano is the first candidate on the ballot and she is the only candidate with judicial experience. Approximately seven years ago, Deano was appointed Hancock County Youth Court Referee Pro Tem.

In addition, Deano served as Youth Court Referee Pro Tem in Stone County for the last two years.

Gulfport Attorney Mike Dickinson is the next name on the ballot. Serving as a foster father and being involved with mission trips for foster students, Dickinson sees the true calling.

Anna Ward Sukmann is the next candidate of choice, who clerked with the Sixteenth Chancery Court District of Mississippi, comprising of Jackson, George and Greene counties and thereafter went into private practice. She has been practicing law for almost 15 years in Chancery Court, predominantly focusing on family law.

Scott Weatherly is a Gulfport native, Scott Weatherly, was born in 1958. He graduated from St. John’s in 1976, and from Ole Miss in 1980. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar upon graduation from law school in 1984. Scott later was admitted to the Alabama Bar in May of 1995. He has practiced law in Mississippi and Alabama for the past thirty-four years.

In October 2016, Scott answered the call to return to his hometown, accepting the position of Public Defender in the Harrison County Youth Court. He currently serves as Harrison County Youth Court Prosecutor.

Angelique White was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she was raised by a family with strong roots in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her grandparents, Rev. Earl and Lyda Brewer resided in Gulfport during the last twenty years of her grandfather’s life. This time in residence provided her family with such strong ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that she and her husband chose to move here and raise their family.

Angelique has been preparing her entire life for the job she now seeks. Her story and ultimate home in Child Advocacy began with her own childhood experience.

Herbert Wilson has served the citizens well for 27 years with Harrison County Youth Court, Herb has had a positive impact on countless South Mississippi youth. Additonally, Wilson was Honored with “Most Distinguished Juvenile Justice Professional Award, 2003”.

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