CRAWFORD — Waller and Randolph rumored as potential Reeves challengers

Among the many names tossed about as primary challengers, the most intriguing are two Mississippi Supreme Court justices, Chief Justice Bill Waller and Presiding Justice Mike Randolph. Both come with substantive resumes and could mount strong primary campaigns.

Both have military pedigrees, a positive in military friendly Mississippi.

Waller spent 30 years in the Army guard and reserves, rising to Brigadier General. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Randolph is a decorated Vietnam war veteran who served with the Army “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division. He later served as a reserve officer in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is a graduate of the Naval Justice School.

Both got their law degrees from Ole Miss, had successful legal practices before entering the judiciary, and are considered conservative judges.

Both are married, attend Baptist churches, and have children and grandchildren.

They aren’t clones, though.

Bill Crawford
MS Business Journal