Warren County voters endorsed their county commission’s selection of Bill Locke as General Sessions Judge as the interim judge emerged the victor from a field of four contenders Thursday night.
With the election, Locke can take the word interim from his title as he is now the elected General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge for Warren County. He was appointed to the bench by the county commission upon the early retirement of veteran Judge Larry Ross late last year. His election means he will serve the rest of Ross’ term and be up for election again in 2014. Should he run and win there he would then get a full eight-year term.
“I’m glad the people put their trust in me and hopefully they feel I’ve done a good job these past six months,” Locke said upon learning of his election. “I plan to continue running a fair and efficient court.”
Locke, who was the Democratic nominee and technically the incumbent candidate, outran his closest competitor Jean Brock, sweeping all districts and winning by a count of 2,414 to 1,417. Taking third was Susan Marttala with 1,201 votes. Last was Mary Little Pirtle with 839 with votes.
The win comes following a heavily spent campaign given the fact it was a condensed campaign period which began in the days following Ross’ early retirement. The candidates combined to spend over $50,000 in the short campaign cycle on what is actually a two-year term.
With his election, Locke said he may do some slight modifications of the court schedule.
“Larry Ross had a good set up but I may do some slight scheduling changes,” Locke said.