MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - One of the many races to be determined by Tuesday’s election is the 10th Circuit Court Judge, Place 2 seat.
The spot has been filled for many years and the two candidates vying for the position are Meridian natives who say their experiences make them right for the job.
“I want to run because I believe that people deserve a fair shot. I believe that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity in the courtroom. I believe I can do that,” candidate Bo Bailey says.
“My life has been an open book. People in this community know me, they know my family for my 65 years. I’m not trying to create a new image. What you see is what you get,” Robert Compton says.
Candidates Robert Compton and Bo Bailey are practicing attorneys in Lauderdale County.
“I’ve had the privilege of representing the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County and they Quitman School Districts, as well as the Meridian Community College. I’ve got a proven record of fighting for public education,” Compton says.
“Throughout my 12 years I’ve also represented law enforcement officers, correctional officers and we represent Lauderdale County Detention Facility,” Bailey says.
This is the first time in several years an open election for a 10th Circuit Court judge seat has been held. Both candidates hope their drive to serve this area will get them elected.
“I believe I have the energy to do this job and to do it well. I believe I can work with everyone in the courthouse in all four counties,” Bailey says.
“I’m the only candidate that has tried criminal cases and 90 percent of the cases on the circuit court docket are criminal cases,” Compton says.
The winner of this election will work in in Lauderdale, Kemper, Clarke and Wayne Counties.