Kyle Atkins to run for Circuit Court judge

AtkinsBy Priya Narapareddy / Jackson Sun

After encouragement from the community and plenty of prayer, attorney Kyle Atkins said he has decided to run again for Circuit Court judge in this year’s election.

Atkins said Monday that his desire is to serve the 26th Judicial District. He is the third person to pick up a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court judge in Division III of the district.

In the 2012 election, Atkins finished second out of six candidates.

“We ran a good, strong campaign (in 2012),” he said.

Atkins, who lives in Jackson and has a practice based in Humboldt, has practiced law since 1996 throughout all of West Tennessee including all courts of the 26th Judicial District and has handled both civil and criminal cases.

The 2012 election was nonpartisan. This year, Atkins will run as a Republican.

Jackson attorney Edward Martindale previously picked up a qualifying petition and also will run as a Republican. Martindale is past president of the Jackson-Madison County Bar Association and is the owner of the law offices of Edward Martindale Jr. He has practiced law in West Tennessee for 30 years.

Current Judge Nathan Pride has picked up a petition to run for re-election as an independent candidate. Pride has 31 years of experience in practicing law with a background in criminal and civil cases. He has served as assistant district attorney and city tax attorney and started a free legal clinic for indigent citizens in East Jackson.

The qualifying deadline is noon Feb. 20.

The district serves Madison, Henderson and Chester counties.

Democratic and Republican primary elections for the position will be held on May 6 in Madison and Henderson counties. Chester County will not hold primaries for the judge seat. The winners of the primaries in Madison and Henderson counties will appear on the Aug. 7 general election ballot in all three counties.

Atkins, Martindale and Pride all ran two years ago alongside three other candidates when Judge Roger Page was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Pride won that election to serve the remainder of Page’s term.

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