Jones County Circuit Court Judge running for re-election

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - For the past 28 years, Billy Joe Landrum has served as Circuit Court Judge for Jones County and says he plans to continue doing so for the next four years.

On Tuesday, the long time jurist announced that he will be running again and opened his official campaign headquarters.

"I've been your judge here at this district for many years and even though I've been here for many years and never had an opponent, I got four this time," said Judge Landrum.

The 18th District Circuit Court Judge says he will continue to work hard to be re-elected once again.

"It's going to be tough," said Judge Landrum. "These people that we're running against or we're running with whatever are good people, but there's only one seat and I want to keep it."

Landrum says he wants to continue dedicating his life to serving and protecting the people of Jones County. During the years he said he has saved the county money with the community service program he founded in 1997. The program provides non-violent drug offenders a second chance.

"The penitentiary costs tax payers thirty-thousand dollars for each person that's in the penitentiary, so if we can keep our kids out of the penitentiary and in these programs we can save the state that money and also they work," said Judge Landrum.

Before being elected circuit judge, he served as county and youth court judge for 12 years. Aside from his judicial career, he's served as paratrooper in the U.S. Army and was also a teacher at Jones County Junior College. Landrum says his experience cannot be matched by any other candidate.

"Like I said though, I'm going to work hard, there's only one seat and I'm going to try to keep it," said Judge Landrum.

The general election is scheduled for November 4.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.