Banned Noxubee Co. Dem exec Ike Brown returns to position

Six years after a federal judge banned Noxubee County Democratic Executive Chairman Ike Brown and his associates from having a role in running elections in the county, Brown is back as chairman.

“Nothing has changed; I’m back as head of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee,” Brown said last week.

In 2007, U.S. District Judge Tom Lee issued a ban as part of the remedies to satisfy his opinion that black political leaders in Noxubee County violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by discriminating against white voters. The U.S. Department of Justice brought the federal lawsuit, the first of its kind in the country, accusing black political leaders of discriminating against white voters in the majority black county.

Lee appointed a person to oversee all Democratic primaries and runoffs through Nov. 20, 2011. The judge signed an order that the remedies he imposed would officially end Dec. 31 of last year.

Brown said last week he wants people to know he is back. And he is making no apologies.

Clarion Ledger