Hinds County Has A New District Attorney - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Decision 2007 08/29/07

Hinds County Has A New District Attorney

Attorney Robert Smith will be the new Hinds County District Attorney after beating incumbent Faye Peterson in the democratic runoff.

Tuesday's vote was relatively close. The Jackson attorney beat the incumbent by roughly 13-hundred votes. 

This followed accusations of false advertising and a series of endorsements for each candidate.

Jackson Mayor Frank Melton was widely seen as a Smith supporter.

Peterson had endorsements from Jackson Councilwoman Margaret Barrett Simon and Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin.

Following his victory, Smith said "I want all law enforcement agencies to know that they've got a new quarterback and I'm ready to go to work for them."  

There's no Republican candidate for the D-A's post, so Smith will take ofice early next year.  

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