Elliott wins second term as circuit judge
by RACHEL DAVIS
Nov 07, 2012 | 4812 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott speaks with area resident Homer Estes while waiting on election returns at the CHS Activities Center in Jasper. – Photo by: James Phillips.
Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott speaks with area resident Homer Estes while waiting on election returns at the CHS Activities Center in Jasper. – Photo by: James Phillips.
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Circuit Court Judges Hoyt Elliott and Doug Farris were re-elected Tuesday and will serve a second six-year term.

Elliott defeated challenger Blake Payne by more than 3,000 votes. The final total, without the small number of provisional ballots, shows Elliott with 15,452 votes to Payne’s 12,324 votes.

Elliott, who ran as a Democrat, has touted the need for judges to be nonpartisan and said that political views have no place in the courtroom. Elliott said that sentiment seemed to resound with voters who he believes looked at his record more than his party affiliation.

“I appreciate the people of Walker County for the confidence they have placed in me,” Elliott said. “It feels great, and I am honored and humbled.”

Elliott said he owed a great deal of credit to those who supported him, especially his family and wife, Libba, who he said was his biggest supporter. Many of those supporters came to the Community Health Systems Activities Center to wait out the election results with him.

Although the campaign has been tiring for Elliott, he wanted to assure voters than he would still be working hard in his office.

“After a little rest, I’ll be ready to go back to work,” Elliott said. “I will continue to run a fair and efficient court.”

Farris was unopposed in his election, but said he was excited to spend another six years as one of three Circuit Court Judges.

“I’m very happy the people of Walker County have seen fit to return me to office,” Farris said. “I look forward to the next six years and continuing to serve the people in this county.”