Montgomery County voters have elected the common pleas court general division’s first black male judge, its first female juvenile court judge and added a fourth woman to the common pleas bench.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections show Gerald Parker defeated appointed incumbent Judge Erik Blaine with 52.67 percent of the vote.
“I’m just thankful that the people of Montgomery County saw me as who I was and how I can help the community and knew that our court needed to be diverse and get younger,” Parker said. “I’m just thankful and overwhelmed to be a part of history and be the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court General Division’s first African-American male to hopefully hold this seat.”
Mary Montgomery defeated Kate Bowling with 56.23 percent in a race for the open seat created by the retirement of Judge Dennis Langer.
“It would be an honor and a privilege to serve Montgomery County and it’s an honor that the voters of Montgomery County saw fit to elect me to this position,” Montgomery said, pointing to Langer’s integrity, legal ability and judicial temperament. “Judge Langer is so smart and thoughtful … they’re enormous shoes to fill. … I certainly want to make sure that I carry all of those same attributes to the bench.”
Helen Wallace won the Montgomery County Juvenile Court judge position over recently appointed incumbent Judge Jeff Rezabek with 54.18 percent.
“I am very, very proud to be the first woman juvenile court judge in Montgomery County’s history,” Wallace said. “That feels very, very good and I’m humbled and honored by the voters’ support and confidence in me and I plan to do the very best job possible that I can.”
Judicial races officially are non-partisan but all winners were supported by the Democratic party. All three also were former county assistant prosecutors.
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