The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a Hinds County judge to preside over Leflore County Supervisor Wayne Self’s challenge of his election defeat.

On Wednesday, the court named Circuit Judge Jeff Weill Sr. to hear the case. Weill had served two terms  on the Hinds County bench before taking senior status at the beginning of 2019. Prior to becoming a judge, Weill served two terms as a Republican member of the Jackson City Council.   

Weill was one of eight specially appointed judges named Wednesday to hear challenges statewide resulting from the Nov. 5 county general elections.

Self, who lost by 16 votes in District 4 to Eric Mitchell, is alleging that numerous irregularities in the election, especially in the handling of absentee ballots, have cast doubt on its outcome.

He has asked the court to determine which candidate received “the greatest number of legal votes,” and, if that is not possible, to order a new election between the two candidates.

Self has served on the Board of Supervisors for nearly 20 years, including as its current president.

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