Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Governor Appoints Rankin Youth Court Judge

Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement. Governor Tate Reeves has appointed the Honorable James Kent McDaniel of Brandon to fill the vacancy in the Office of County Court Judge for Rankin County, Place 2, until such position is filled by special election. Additionally, Governor Reeves issued a writ of election declaring that a special election will be held on November 5, 2024, to fill the vacancy.

“I’m thankful for Judge McDaniel’s willingness to once again serve his community,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “Judge McDaniel has a long and distinguished career on the bench. I know he will continue to do a great job and serve Rankin County with the highest level of integrity.”
McDaniel started his career with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in 1972 and previously served as a Rankin County Court Judge for 24 years. Additionally, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, director of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, and Chairman of the Conference of County Court Judges.
McDaniel also served with the 20th Special Forces Group of the Mississippi Army National Guard and the 112th MP Battalion. He is a graduate of Belhaven College and earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law, where he graduated at the top of his class. In 2013, he was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
McDaniel’s appointment is effective January 1, 2024, and will expire on January 5, 2025.
Governor Reeves issued a writ of election which declared that a special election would be held on November 5, 2024. The qualification deadline for the election is February 1, 2024. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the special election, a runoff election shall be held three weeks later.


Anonymous said...

Kent McDaniel is one of the finest humans and best jurists in Mississippi. I'm glad he is continuing to serve. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Kent is one of the good ones !

Anonymous said...

Tate gonna Tate. Nothing against McDaniel, but Tater has set a pattern of appointments with elections being set almost a year later...establishing incumbency, for whatever that's worth.

Is anybody reminded of how Wicker and Hyde-Smith got in their current office?

Tate gonna Bryant gonna Haley.

Anonymous said...

Served with Kent many years ago in the MS National Guard. A fine selection. I wish him the best.

Anonymous said...

12:51 - glad to have you show your ignorance by posting on this site.

The Governor, who you say is going to Tate, set this special election just as he set the others for vacant Judgships a few weeks ago, in accordance with state law.

There is a statute that states that in cases like this, an election to fill the vacancy will be done ON THE SPECIAL ELECTION DATE - which in years where there is a General Election (which 2024 is) - the special election date is the date of the General Election.

So yes. Tate did state that the Special Election to fill this vacancy will be late in 2024. AS THE LAW REQUIRED HIM TO DO.

Go back to munching on your Cheetos and leave the heavy lifting on matters such as this to others. Your attempt to take a swipe at Tate Reeves failed completely

Anonymous said...

Wasn't McDaniel the judge that signed the communications warrants against the Sheriff's girl friend? Seems maybe not such a good appointment.

Anonymous said...

12:51 -

You really don’t understand stuff.

I’d bet a dollar to a donut that Kent — who served as a youth court judge before, prior to the Legislature’s funding of a full-time spot — told the Governor he’d do this for a year, tops.

I don’t think Kent was ever opposed for election as a County Court judge; he was certainly never defeated. I doubt he needs the position now.

Anonymous said...

12:51, why would McDaniel want to run for election for youth court judge after having served 24 years before stepping down as county judge? Think about it. He retired and agreed to come back and serve until the election at the request of the Governor. He is doing this as a public service because he was asked. He will not be a candidate for the position.

Anonymous said...

@2:39pm - Are you saying that a judge isn’t a good judge if they sign warrants against law enforcement presented to them by law enforcement?

Are you stupid?

Anonymous said...

Judge Mac has always been a consummate public servant.

Anonymous said...

I’ve known Kent for 45 years. I challenge you to find a better man. We should thank him for taking this on for a year. We should be very glad to have a governor with such good judgment and wisdom to get Kent to accept this task. Good for us all

Anonymous said...

4:22, not stupid nor blind. To the contrary. The question is did he do his job or just blank check a rogue sheriff. That's a fair question to ask. D.A. Guest figured it out, so there was some evidence these were crap. Warrants that infringe upon rights to privacy should be subject to more judicial prudence than just signing checks for a buddy. The evidence was apparently there as Guest discovered. Are you stupid? Blind trust is what allowed the Goon Squad to exists for as long as it did.

Anonymous said...

I dare say none ever any better than Judge Kent McDaniel && Judge Thomas Broome in Rankin County.

Anonymous said...

Agreed , spot on!

Anonymous said...


There was no "warrant" issued for phone records. There was a Grand Jury Subpoena. Therefore the Judge doesn't see nor sign it. It is issued by either the DA's Office or the Circuit Clerks office. The Judge wouldn't have any knowledge of it. Judge McDaniel absolutely reads, evaluates, and corrects any legal documents presented before him for his signature. He is a very honorable servant.

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