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March 14, 2012

Turner secures district judge seat

CULLMAN — There will be no changes, at least for the next few years, when it comes to who holds the title of Place 2 district judge.

Wells "Rusty" Turner received 9,164 votes — approximately 56 percent —, defeating Annette Irons-Parker for the seat. She received 7,152 votes, or  approximately 44 percent.

"I really want to say hats off to my opponent, Annette, she ran a good race," Turner said. "She's a good lawyer and put a lot of effort into this and I wish her success in the future."

Turner has served in the position for the past year, after Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him to the Place 2 spot a year ago to fill the district judge leadership left vacant after former District Judge Greg Nicholas was tapped to fill an opening in the circuit court.

"I really have relished the opportunity to actually run for the seat and to get out and meet the people of Cullman County," Turner said. "I appreciate the tremendous responsibility they've placed on my shoulders and look forward to serving them for the next six years."

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225 or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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