Candidates

Lafayette County 2022 County Judge Election - Candidate Bios (This is a non-partisan election)

General Election: November 8, 2022
For more information about the November 8, 2022 General Election, see our Voting and Elections page


Carnelia Fondren

Firm: Fondren Law Firm, PLLC (Established May 2005) Practice Areas: Municipal Court Judge; Litigation: juvenile, family law, personal injury, misdemeanor crimes, felony crimes, (over 1,100 cases), supervisory attorney counsel for over 1,000 DHS (now known as Children Protective Services) Case Referrals, social security, and veteran benefits. Education: University of Mississippi-Bachelor of Business Administration and University…

Ray Garrett
Ray Garrett

Preston Ray Garrett is the son of Betty Waldrop Garrett and Dexter Ray Garrett. His mother retired from teaching Home Economics and his father retired from Ram Golf. In his youth Ray spent his summers working on the family farm, riding horses and fishing As avid outdoorsmen Ray and his father spent the fall and…

Steven Jubera

Steven Jubera has served as an Assistant District Attorney for the state of Mississippi since graduating Ole Miss School of Law in 2006. A United States Marine Corps veteran, Steven was deployed to the Middle East with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After his honorable discharge, he earned his B.A. in Political Science from the…

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James Justice

James has been a resident of Lafayette County, Mississippi for over half of his life after moving here to attend the University of Mississippi. James is a native of Alcorn County, Mississippi, where he grew up in the small, rural community of Rock Hill outside Corinth, Mississippi. James graduated high school with honors and as…

Tiffany Kilpatrick

A mother and lawyer, Tiffany has practiced for 17 years and currently serves as the Assistant District Attorney over Abuse and Sexual Assault Cases for the Mississippi Third Circuit Court District, where she serves the entire district (Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Union, and Tippah Counties). She primarily practiced criminal defense and family law in…

Christine Tatum

Tulane University -Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies with a concentration in English -1991 University of Mississippi – Juris Doctor -1994 * Eastland Scholar * Mississippi Law Journal * Mock Trial Member and Chairperson Licensed to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Louisiana & the U.S. Supreme Court * Mississippi Bar Fellow * Participated in…

Josh Turner

I was born here in Lafayette County, Mississippi in 1977. My parents are Susan and Larry Turner and my sisters are Hannah and Sarah. I graduated from Oxford High School in 1996 and from the University of Mississippi in 2000- majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. After college, I attended Mississippi College School of Law…

Thomas Waller

I am a candidate for Judge of the newly created Lafayette County Court. Based upon the over twenty-seven years of experience in areas that will be tried in this County Court, I am asking for your vote to be the first County Court Judge of Lafayette County, Mississippi. Born to Charles and Mary Ann Waller,…