Candidate Questionnaire: Matt Allen


Age: 41

Title of Specific District/Position Campaigning for: Hinds County Circuit Court Judge, Subdistrict 1

Educational Background: Currently working towards a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (2004); M.B.A., Millsaps College (2001); B.A., Mississippi State University (2000).

Professional Background: Brunini, Grantham, Grower, & Hewes, PLLC (2005-present); Law Clerk to the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (2004-2005).

Place of Residence: Subdistrict 1, Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi.

Spouse/children: Megan West (evening news anchor for WAPT), Hartley (daughter, 3), and Thatcher (son, 1).

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 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 any endorsements you have received to date:

N/A. Consistent with Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 5(C)(2), which prohibits a candidate from "personally solicit[ing] publicly stated support," Mr. Allen has neither sought nor will he seek publicly stated support in the form of endorsements. Mr. Allen believes this Judicial Canon is imperative to protect the independence of the judiciary. Consistent with the Judicial Canons and state law governing judicial elections, Mr. Allen has formed a Committee to Elect Matt Allen. The Committee is composed of the following persons: Walter Boone, Co-Chair; Matthew McLaughlin, Co-Chair; Ben Allen; Michael Boerner; Dorsey Carson; La'Verne Edney; Matt Eichelberger; Ashby Foote; Mary Margaret Gay; Nick Giallourakis; Karen Gilder; Tray Hairston; Bo Harwell; Eric Hatten; John Hooks; Chad Hosemann, M.D.; Matt James; Sam

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