PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – Pascagoula’s attorney and former city councilor Stephen Burrow has announced his candidacy for the position of judge of the Circuit Court, Place 3, for the counties of Jackson, George and Greene, the seat currently occupied by the judge Dale Harkey, who has announced he will not be running again.
A graduate of Georgetown University and the Tulane School of Law, Burrow has been in private practice since 1993. After becoming a partner in a local law firm, he started his own firm in 2017, at the same time as he was elected to the municipal council of Pascagoula.
“I have reflected on my journey in public service since my tenure on Pascagoula City Council ended in June 2021,” said Burrow. “I want to continue serving the region where I grew up, practiced law and raised my children as the new Circuit Court judge for George, Greene and Jackson counties.”
Burrow has spent much of his legal career as a general counsel and litigator and says he is very experienced in circuit court practice.
“The challenges that all courts have faced with COVID-19 are unprecedented,” he said. “However, given the circuit court’s responsibility to adjudicate criminal cases expeditiously, while respecting the constitutional rights of all who appear before it, the pandemic has strained everyone, especially citizens who have pending cases.
“In the future, we must find and use all the means necessary to make civil and criminal cases run more efficiently, for the benefit of all. I have the experience and work ethic to make these efforts successful.
Burrow served as a judge at the Municipal Court of the City of Pascagoula, pro tem, for Pascagoula from 2007 to 2016, presiding over criminal trials for minor misdemeanors and pre-trial criminal cases.
Currently, Burrow is a commissioner of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, having been appointed to that position by Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Randolph in 2019. The Ethics Commission is responsible for administer and enforce the ethics law in the Mississippi government, the Open Meetings Act, and the Public Records Act.
Burrow has also been appointed over the years by the Mississippi Secretary of State to serve on or lead various organizations seeking to improve Mississippi laws, particularly with respect to corporations, limited liability companies, and other legal entities.
Burrow and his wife, Mary, have been married for 28 years and are the parents of four children. They are members of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Pascagoula.
The elections are set for November 8.
This announcement was made by the candidate.