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Grisham says position should represent the people


BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

(The Daily Corinthian is presenting profiles of Alcorn and Tishomingo County candidates ahead of the Nov. 5 general election.)

In his run at the Justice Court Judge Post 1 seat, 47-year-old lifelong Alcorn County resident Chris Grisham believes a candidate, if elected, represents the people.

"In my opinion, no matter what office a candidate seeks -- whether it is sheriff, supervisor or judge, if elected they represent the people of that county, district or post," Grisham told the Daily Corinthian. "The reason I am running nonpartisan is that if a person needs or has to come before a judge it should not matter what political affiliation that a person is. It should not matter if they are Republican or Democrat, black or white, male or female, what their last name is or even who they are related to -- a person should always be treated fair."

Grisham's beliefs are simple: "Have a strong faith in God and be fair and honest," he said.

If elected, the independent candidate wants to represent the people to the best of his ability.

"I will always stand up for what's right, both in the eyes of God and the laws of the state of Mississippi," said Grisham.

He's in a crowded race for the open judge seat. Other candidates include Republican Jeremy Blaylock, Democrat Jon Newcomb and three other independent candidates -- Luke Doehner, George Haynie and John Little.

A graduate of Alcorn Central High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, Grisham has 14 years of law enforcement experience at both state and local law enforcement agencies.

For the last 11 years, he's worked in the family business -- Grisham Insurance on Shiloh Road.

A deacon in his church, Grisham has been married to Alcorn Central school teacher Angie for 21 years. They have two daughters, 17-year-old Sydney amd 16-year-old Shiloh.