WARNER ROBINS -- Kendra Simons successfully fended off Tuesday a challenge from political newcomer Alyson Aly Stuckart to capture the post of Houston County State Court clerk.
Her campaign logo was Keep our clerk.
Because no Democrats were fielded, the Republican primary determines the race.
With all precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Simons captured 5,478 votes, compared to nearly 1,916 ballots garnered by Stuckart.
Simons, 37, the incumbent, ran on her experience, having worked in state court for many years. She could not be reached for comment.
Simons was appointed in October 2011 by the governor to fill a vacancy when the prior state court clerk retired before finishing a term. She first served as a secretary for former State Court Judge Bob Richardson from 2000 to about 2004 and then as deputy state court clerk until her appointment as state court clerk.
Stuckart, 30, touted her role as a former victims advocate. Stuckart served as a victims advocate for Houston County State Court, which is under contract with Hodac to provide those services. Stuckart also raised questions about Simons handling of the partisan post.
I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but Im really proud of what I did and appreciate everyone who voted for me, Stuckart said. I want to congratulate Kendra for running a good campaign and for winning.
Stuckart questioned the absence of the publication of second drunken driving offenses in the countys legal organ as required by state law. Simons said the oversight was corrected.
Stuckart also took Simons to task over bond forfeitures, which Simons said were handled correctly. Stuckart also questioned a three-month leave of absence taken by Simons, which Simons said was due to neck surgery that turned out to be more extensive than first thought.
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