Don Kilgore has qualified as a candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Place 1, against incumbent Judge Marcus Gordon.

Kilgore, who is in his 10th year as Attorney General for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, said it has been a lifelong ambition to be Circuit Court Judge.

"I feel a calling to public service," Kilgore said. "These four counties have been generous to me and my family."

Kilgore said he thought the timing to run was right. "This is my opportunity to give back and be a public servant to the community." he said.

Incumbent Judge Marcus Gordon has held his position for 35 years.

He graduated from Union High School in 1950. He went to East Central Junior College on a basketball scholarship. He continued his education at the University of Mississippi.

Gordon returned home to practice law in Union and Decatur. He is also a former county attorney and district attorney.

He and his wife, Polly, have four children and two grandchildren.

He is a member of First Baptist Church of Union.

Kilgore graduated from Philadelphia High School in 1967. He earned both his business and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.

After graduating from Ole Miss, Kilgore served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer for the U.S. military for four years.

Before working with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Kilgore practiced law for 28 years in Philadelphia and was longtime attorney for the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors.

He and his wife, Ellen, have three children and four grandchildren.

He is a member of First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.

Running unopposed in the November general election will be Chancery Court Judge Joey Kilgore, Don Kilgore's son, and Circuit Court Judge, Place 2, Vernon Cotten.