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Unfavorable rating doesn't prevent victory for judge

By Jay F. Marks Published: July 26, 2006
An Oklahoma County judge won another four years on the bench Tuesday despite an unfavorable rating in a poll of county attorneys.

District Judge Twyla Mason Gray tallied more than 52 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary election. More than a third of the county’s attorneys had rated her as not qualified for her post in a recent survey.

Gray outdistanced her closest challenger, Stephen Box, by more than 3,400 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. J. Rivers was a distant third.

In the other Oklahoma County race, incumbent Malcolm M. Savage is facing a runoff against challenger Kenneth C. Watson.

Watson earned nearly 900 more votes than Savage on Tuesday, but not enough to win the seat outright. Nathan J. Gigger finished in third place.

Watson and Savage will face off in Nov. 7 general election.

District Judge Donald L. Worthington of Stillwater handily won another term on the bench in Logan and Payne counties, garnering nearly 60 percent of the vote.

His 6,990 votes were more than 3,000 ahead of his closest challenger, John Couch of Stillwater. Mozella Irwin-Smith was third.

Two open judicial seats for Tulsa and Pawnee counties will be back on the ballot in November as no candidate was able to attract a majority in crowded races.

Daman H. Cantrell of Tulsa and James Caputo of Collinsville were the leading vote-getters for one seat. Caputo edged David Blades of Tulsa by 53 votes to move to the November runoff.

The other race will feature Mary Fitzgerald of Tulsa and Deirdre Dexter of Sand Springs.

Fitzgerald’s 19,202 votes and Dexter’s 12,455 put them well ahead of the other candidates in the six-person race that also included James W. Dunham of Tulsa, David C. Youll of Jenks, J. Anthony Miller of Tulsa and Steven E. Hjelm Sr. of Tulsa. has disabled the comments for this article.


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