Candidate Questionnaire: Joseph Anthony Sclafani


Age: 43

Title of Specific District: Hinds County Circuit Court, Post 4

Educational Background: Mississippi College (1996): B.S. History Mississippi College School of Law (1999): J.D.

Professional Background: Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Member at Brunini, Grantham, Grower and Hewes, PLLC Associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, PLLC Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Place of Residence: Clinton, Mississippi

The Jackson Free Press reached out to all judicial candidates who are running on the Nov. 6 ballot to represent jurisdictions throughout the Jackson Metro Area, regardless of whether they had a challenger or not. Each candidate received the same five-question questionnaire. We've published their responses in full below, with minimal edits for editorial/reader clarity only. The JFP did not copyedit or line-edit candidate responses. The views expressed by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

Please list endorsements you have received to date:

Judicial elections are not popularity contests. I have not sought any endorsements because I do not want any voter to cast a vote for me because someone told them to vote for me. I want people to vote for me if they believe I am the most qualified candidate for Circuit Judge.

If you have run for this judicial seat before, please state when. (Incumbent, please cite years in current position.)

In April 2018, I was recommended by the judicial selection committee and appointed to fill the remainder of retiring Circuit Judge Bill Gowan's term. November 6th will be the first time I will appear on the ballot for the position of Hinds County Circuit Judge.

Why do you want to serve Hinds County right now?

I accepted the appointment to the Circuit Court in April because I believe that I can help repair the broken justice system in Hinds County. Justice delayed can result in justice being

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