NAACP Political Action Committee Candidates Forum

The Biloxi NAACP hosted a forum where the public had the opportunity to meet candidates in the upcoming election and ask questions.

With local primary elections around the corner, the Biloxi NAACP gave the public a chance to meet some of the candidates. Harrison County Youth Court Judge candidate Elise Deano said, “In Harrison County, we have more kids in custody than any other county in the state. So, we need to get aggressive about addressing that and giving these parents and kids the tools they need to get back together.”

Harrison County Youth Court Judge candidate Scott Weatherly said, “We need to have a youth court judge that has a solid background in criminal law to handle the delinquency side of things and they also need a solid background in custody law, family law, and they need to know how to deal with state agencies.”

Youth gun violence and keeping families together were some topics discussed at the forum. Each candidate responded with a possible solution to keep the youth out of the streets to have a better life. Harrison County Youth Court Judge candidate Herbert W. Wilson said, “We need an intermediary type of options to place children in some sort of situations where they can get away from the gangs, the guns.”

Harrison County Youth Judge Candidate Angelique White said, “Look to see whether or not there are members of the family that are capable of taking the children safe places, not moving them from one place to another, but leaving them with the family so we don’t have to get them stuck in the red tape of being in foster care.”

Current Harrison County Youth Court Judge Margaret Alfonso plans to bring her experience  to help the youth on the Coast. “I want CASA in chancery court. I want a mental health court in chancery and I want to have access to justice for those that can’t afford lawyers.”

Political Action Committee chair for the Biloxi NAACP Gordon Jackson tells News 25 local primaries are important which is why they will offer transportation for those who need to vote.

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