2 seasoned judges, Russell and James, campaigning for seat on Mississippi Court of Appeals

Two seasoned jurists are seeking a seat on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Incumbent Judge Ermea J. Russell and former Chancery Judge Ceola James also are veteran campaigners.

Russell, of Flora, was appointed to the court in May 2011 by then-Gov. Haley Barbour after Barbour moved Leslie D. King from the Court of Appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

She is the first black woman to hold a seat on the Court of Appeals.

James, who practices law in Vicksburg, was a 9th District Chancery Court judge from 1999 to 2002. She also was an interim Justice Court judge in Warren County in 1997 and served as a special master judge in Warren County Chancery Court from 1992 to 1994.