Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen announces election results Tuesday at the Wetumpka Civic Center. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen announces election results Tuesday at the Wetumpka Civic Center. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Pinkston retains judge’s seat

Published 9:21am Wednesday, June 4, 2014

As election day neared, the race for the Republican nomination for Elmore County District Judge Place 1 drew the heaviest campaigning. Incumbent Patrick Pinkston defended his bench against challenger Lucie McLemore Tuesday outpolling his opponent by more than 2-to-1.

Pinkston drew 6,632 votes to McLemore’s 2,553. With no Democratic or Constitution Party nominees on the horizon, Pinkston will retain his seat without recourse to the November General Election.

“I really am humbled by the strong support of our Elmore County friends,” Pinkston said.

After weeks of campaigning it’s business as usual for the district court judge.

“Last week I had a full docket of cases, and it felt good to be completely focused on my work. I look forward to getting back to that,” Pinkston added. “Having dedicated friends and a work ethic that I developed in the private sector was how I was able to maintain my dockets and keep up with a spirited campaign.”

In another local race, Brad Linville received 5,342 votes to Errol Law’s 2,860 in the bid to become Elmore County’s new coroner. Linville may have to face a Constitution Party opponent in November if the petition submitted to the county Probate Office is verified.

Two spots were also up for grabs on the Elmore County Board of Education. Incumbents Dale Bain (Place 1) and Kitty Graham (Place 6) succeeded in defending their seats against challenge. Bain won over Walker Allen-Phillips 579 to 451 and Graham held off challenger Lynn Weldon 681 to 596.

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