Hinds races likely to be hotly contested

With the races for those seats and an election to replace former Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter, Hinds County could see some of the most contested judicial campaigns in recent history.

Senior Circuit Judge Swan Yerger and longtime County Court Judge William Barnett are not seeking re-election.

Two candidates have qualified for Barnett’s seat: Melvin Priester, a special circuit judge, and Trent Walker, a former part-time special judge in the county.