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Jones County circuit judge candidates gear up for runoff

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The runoff for Jones County Circuit Court Judge is less than a day away. The past three weeks leading to Tuesday have been filled with various political ads.

“My opponent has resorted to negative ads, untruth, that's very disappointing,” said candidate Dal Williamson. “When I pick up the newspaper and I read an ad that says no circuit court experience, zero jury trials.”

Williamson said it concerns him when he sees statements about him in full page ads. He said an ad that states he has no circuit or county court experience is false.

“He has never tried in my court since I've been on the bench, ever, period,” said incumbent Judge Billy Joe Landrum.

Williamson, while holding several cases in his hand, said he's handled at least 16 cases in the Jones County Circuit Court, which are all signed by Judge Landrum and go back to at least 1993.  

“Some of my cases have gone through jury trials and resulted in jury verdicts,” said Williamson. “Either there's a problem with memory here or there is a brazen disregard for the truth."

Judge Landrum said he doesn't remember Williamson stepping foot in his court room.

“He's never been before a jury on a criminal case or a civil case in this court in the 28 years I've been here,” said Judge Landrum.

Aside from what the political ads are saying, an endorsement also came from former candidate J. Ronald Parrish just five days before the general runoff election day.

“That's somebody's opinion that has apparently some promise from the other side I don't know why he would do that, he always claimed to be my friend but obviously he isn't,” said Judge Landrum. “I don't know what he's getting out of it, but apparently he's getting something mighty big the way he keeps rattling his mouth.”  

Both candidates do agree on one thing and that is encouraging residents to vote Tuesday.

“Very hopeful that we'll have a win tomorrow,” said Williamson. “We're going to continue to work hard right up to the last minute like we have for seven months and after tomorrow we'll know what the good lord has in store for us.”

“I think my people are encouraged by our efforts and I think we will wound up being successful,” said Judge Landrum. “Between now and then I will do what the taxpayers are paying me to do. I'll be here working everyday regardless of what happens.”

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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