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|Fulton County Wins 9th Circuit Race for Bordner; Prosecutor Wins Other 9th Circuit Race
|The home county of one of the two candidates in the Republican primary for a seat on the bench in the local circuit proved to help turn the tide his way.
Associate Judge Steven Bordner defeated Galesburg attorney Pamela Wilcox Tuesday, unofficially, by about a 51% to 49% margin -- roughly, just 200 votes in the six counties that make up the 9th Judicial Circuit. The two were vying for the seat being vacated with Judge Stephen Mathers retires at the end of the year. Democrat Jim Harrell ran unopposed in the primary.
Wilcox carried all but two of the counties in the 9th circuit, but Bordner tells WGIL he didn't take any votes for granted.
"I really want to thank the people of Fulton County," Bordner said. "They really did come through strongly for me (Tuesday) evening. I also want to thank everyone throughout the 9th Circuit that helped me in this race. It's important to have an experienced judge, and a judge who has dealt with all of the issues that our trial court judges are called upon to handle."
Fulton County resoundingly voted for Bordner, casting almost 1,400 votes there along compared to 560 for Wilcox. Most of the other races counties within a couple hundred votes or less. One -- McDonough County -- saw Wilcox lead by just one vote.
Calls to Wilcox and her campaign headquarters were not returned Tuesday night.
In another judicial race, former prosecutor William Poncin was picked as the Republican nominee as 9th Circuit Judge replacing Judge William Henderson as McDonough County resident judge, by about a two-to-one margin over Associate Judge Patricia Walton.
|02 03 10 by Newsroom
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