Thursday, November 4, 2010
Although all the contested races in Callaway County went to Republicans, the three uncontested circuit judge positions remained with Democrats—one of those offices going to Associate Circuit Judge Carol England.
England, who first took office as associate circuit judge in January 2007, ran unopposed and will be sworn in again next year.
“I’m excited to be able to serve Callaway County for another four years,” England said.
She said she was, “glad for the chance to run unopposed” and has no plans to go elsewhere.
“I like what I do and hope that people are happy with the way I’m doing it.”
Many voters on Tuesday expressed that they voted mostly Republican, like Chester Cooper.
“I voted Republican on everything there was a Republican in, and where there wasn’t a Republican, I didn’t even vote for the Democrat,” he said.
However, some options on the ballot, like England’s circuit judge office, didn’t have have an alternate choice unless voters decided to write in a name.
Sharon Harris, Mokane, said she would have voted differently on the judicial positions if there had been another option. “I wish there was a second candidate to vote for,” she said.
Only 2.64 percent of the total number of voters chose to write in a different option on England’s seat, however, seemingly showing there wasn’t much opposition to England.
Barbara Foster, Auxvasse, said she wanted to vote for women on Tuesday’s ballot.
“I tend to like women more, because I think women need to get more chances to get in there,” Foster said.
England’s role has changed a little since first taking office four years ago. She said she used to hear cases in Boone County, as well as Callaway, but then the presiding judge (Gary Oxenhandler) decided England had enough dockets in Callaway County to keep her busy. England said she is working to offer more available dockets, so Callaway County citizens don’t have to wait so long to have their cases heard.
Bob Sterner, prosecuting attorney, will soon be joining England as an associate circuit court judge of Callaway County. He said he remembers the day England started on the Fulton Police Department and has watched as she went from patrol officer, to lawyer, to judge.
“We’ve had a quite a change in our relationship,” Sterner said, referring to how he and England used to both work in the prosecutor's office together until she was elected judge.
Now, he said, the relationship will “change again” as he also becomes judge, but he doesn’t see this as anything but normal.
“The Callaway County courthouse is a pretty integrated atmosphere,” Sterner said. “People just work together pretty goldarn well in the building.”