August 23, 2013 9:58:49 AM
Local attorney Matthew Wilson qualified to run for Oktibbeha County's prosecuting attorney in the upcoming Nov. 5 special election.
Wilson, 39, operates a general practice law office in Starkville and handles civil and criminal litigation.
"I have been serving clients in Oktibbeha County for over four years. Now, I would like to take my service to the next level as county prosecuting attorney," he said in a release.
Wilson is a 1998 graduate of Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering. He is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee, and is also a registered patent attorney. Wilson wrote his first book, "The Godly Path of Least Resistance: A Step-by-Step Guide for Living by the Lord's Prayer," in 2007.
He attends New Horizon's Christian Fellowship Church in Starkville with his wife and two children.
The position opened up when Roy Carpenter Jr. ended his almost-30 year career as Starkville and Oktibbeha County's prosecutor in June.
Carpenter began serving as county attorney in 1983 and city attorney in 1986. In his retirement announcement, he thanked the residents of Oktibbeha County for allowing him to serve for more than 30 years and called his experience "an honor and a privilege."
"I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with the many fine men and women in the court system and law enforcement community," he said. "Their professionalism and dedication to the community have made my job a pleasure as I move on in my profession."