JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - It's crunch time for candidates and they have one more week to rally for your vote. Candidates running for Jones County Circuit Court Judge are making their last pleas for votes.
"We're still going door to door just as much as we can," said candidate Dal Williamson. "We've been in neighborhoods all over the county for six months now and that will continue right up until the very day of the election."
"The last ten days have been grueling," said candidate Grant Hedgepeth. "We spent nine days at the Jones County fair, we've been to chitlin' suppers, we've been to gospel sings, [and] we've been to every kind of function we can think of just to meet as many people as we can."
The candidates say they've enjoyed meeting residents over the past few months.
"I've got a lot of good responses," said candidate J. Ronald Parrish. "I think people know who I am and if they think that I did a good job in the past hopefully they'll decide to keep me as part of their criminal justice system."
While three candidates are campaigning to get elected, the incumbent judge is working to get re-elected.
"It's been stressful but it's been good," said Jones County Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum. "It's been really good to go out and see the people, talk to the people."
For the first time in 40 years, Judge Landrum is being challenged for his position.
"We're just working and doing the best we can to keep everything going," said Judge Landrum. "It's not an easy job but I want to continue, there's only one seat you know and I want to keep it."
Regardless of the outcome, all four candidates encourage residents to exercise their right to vote come November4.
"I want them to know that I will bring to the office of circuit court judge the same dedication and determination that I had working for them for the last ten years as their assistant district attorney," said Parrish.
"This is far too important to just vote for somebody because you have name recognition," said Hedgepeth. "This job requires experience, this job requires somebody who knows how the circuit court should run and I do, I've done it for 27 years."
"I'll bring honesty, integrity, trustworthiness to the office, and running a circuit court system with integrity will be my foremost concern," said Williamson.
"I love being in the court, representing the people, having a say so about what's happening in the community, encouraging people to do certain things and it's been my life for 40 years and I don't want to walk away from it right now," said Judge Landrum.