Despite being retired, James A. Wilkinson is hoping to once again be a full-time judge in Major County this fall.
Wilkinson, a resident of Fairview, is one of the candidates for the position of Major County associate district judge, a post held by Judge N. Vinson Barefoot.
The other candidates are John W. McCue II and Tim Haworth. They will square off July 27. A runoff, if necessary will be Aug. 24. Barefoot decided against running for office again.
Wilkinson has past experience as associate district judge in Major County — he served in that position from 1974 to 1995.
After he retired, Wilkinson remained on active retired status. Being on active retired status means Wilkinson can serve as an active judge if called to do so.
Wilkinson hopes the experience in the field and with the position helps him get elected for the same post he held 15 years ago.
“I have experience and have maintained my training and qualifications after I retired,” Wilkinson said. “I feel the need to utilize and serve (with) those tools for the people of Major County. “
Wilkinson graduated from Fairview High School, and after he got out of high school he went to the University of Oklahoma and got a degree in business.
After a spending time in the military in the Korea, Wilkinson came back to Oklahoma and graduated with a juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law. He also attended judicial college at University of Reno, Nev.
After he got out of law school, Wilkinson had a private law practice, before taking the bench in Major County.
Wilkinson said if elected, he will continue to uphold the office of judge.
“A judge is bound to uphold the law, serve fairly and impartially with dignity and integrity and can make no comments about certain types of cases on what they would do,” Wilkinson said.