Winona attorney Jena J. Hoover is running for the seat of Montgomery County Prosecutor in the August 6 Democratic Primary.
Hoover, 43, currently operates a private law practice in Winona, where she provides legal services for criminal, civil, real estate, and family law. She also serves Montgomery County as a commitment attorney when the current county prosecutor is unavailable.
“The majority of my practice is family law, which includes child custody,” Hoover said. “As county prosecutor, not only will I be prosecuting cases in Montgomery County Justice Court, but I will be prosecuting cases in Montgomery County Youth Court. I’ve spent the majority of my career working with young people, in family court as well as in criminal court.”
Hoover, a native of Winona, is the daughter of Jerry and Mary Glenda Wilkins Hoover of Winona. She is a 1993 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 1996 graduate of Delta State University. She received her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis in 1998.
While pursuing her education, Hoover worked at the Juvenile Detention Center in Memphis, Tenn., and served as a probation officer with The Justice Network in Germantown, Tenn. She also worked with young people at Lakeside Behavioral Health.
In 2011, Hoover returned home to Winona, where she worked as a legal assistant for Donald Bond, local attorney and longtime Justice Court Judge. Her experience led her to pursue her own legal career. She was accepted to law school at the University of Mississippi, graduating in 2016 and returning to practice in Winona.
“I have a history of working with minors,” Hoover said. “I believe the only way you are going to affect change in this community is to start with the youth.”
She said if elected, she will be fair and consistent as prosecutor, and she will continue her focus in assisting at-risk young people.
Hoover said as the prosecutor in Montgomery County Justice Court, when dealing with criminal offenders, one can work to prevent repeat offenders.
“Justice Court is the gateway to the criminal justice system,” Hoover said. “You can turn people around at the door before they become a habitual offender.”
Hoover said she decided to seek the position of Montgomery County Prosecutor because she loves the community she calls home, and she wants to do what she can to provide a safe environment for the families living here.
“I love Winona and Montgomery County, and I’d like to see it return to the safe place it was when I was growing up,” Hoover said.
Hoover is a member of Shongalo Presbyterian Church in Vaiden.
As she continues to campaign in preparation of the August Primary, Hoover welcomes any questions and concerns from Montgomery County citizens. She can be contacted by emailing email@example.com.