Video: Longtime DA Talks Career, Future After Losing Election
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — Longtime District Attorney Forrest Allgood is looking to the future after losing the District 16 race Tuesday night.
“It’s not the way I would’ve chosen to end my career, but that’s the way the people have decided to do it,” Allgood said.
Allgood has been the District 16 District Attorney for more than 20 years, and after losing the election to Scott Colom, he doesn’t know what’s next.
“But I’m not ready to go home and sit down,” he said. “I’ll put it that way.”
What he does know, is that he doesn’t plan to run for office again.
“Politics is a dirty, nasty business, as was just been on exhibit, I think,” Allgood said. “Quite frankly, the only reason I ever did it was because it was the only way I could do this job.”
The timing may not be great, but Allgood says it’s not always up to him.
“Somebody once asked me how long I was going to be DA, and I said, ‘As long as it so pleased God.’ And I guess at this juncture, it pleases God for me to do something different.”
Allgood says serving as the DA has been the best job he’s ever had.
“And say what they will, I did the very best I could, and tried the hardest, and I hope that I didn’t let any of my victims down,” he said. “That was what I was striving for when I first ran for the job, and that’s what I’ll strive for up to my last day on the job.”
Allgood also tells WCBI he doesn’t know if he’ll open up his own private practice.
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