Two of the three candidates running for Mississippi Supreme Court, District 1, visited Meridian Friday.
Chief Justice Jim Smith and challenger, Jim Kitchens, were guests of the Lauderdale County Bar Association. Both will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Both candidates have decades of experience in the law. But Smith said the main difference between the two is his ten years as a trial judge.
"The state judiciary at the supreme court level is the ultimate court, the final deciders of issues regarding justice that are appealed from all of our courts: justice court, municipal court, county court, circuit court and chancery courts," said Chief Justice Smith. "It's extremely critical to have experienced individuals occupying those positions."
"I've been a district attorney. I've been elected three times. I have represented Mississippians with every kind of problem that goes before the the supreme court," said Kitchens, who has 41 years in law practice. "I hope over the years I've picked up a little wisdom and a lot of experience that would be beneficial to the people."
A third candidates, Ceola James, is also seeking the District 1, Position 1, seat.