Walker County Probate Judge candidate Dayron D. Bridges of Jasper, who ran third in the June 5 Republican primary, has announced he is endorsing Sumiton attorney A. Lee Tucker for the July 17 GOP …
Walker County Probate Judge candidate Dayron D. Bridges of Jasper, who ran third in the June 5 Republican primary, has announced he is endorsing Sumiton attorney A. Lee Tucker for the July 17 GOP runoff.
According to unofficial results released from the county, attorney John Mark Dutton of Jasper obtained 4,975 votes, or 37 percent, versus 4,541 votes, or 34 percent, for Tucker. Bridges, the chief deputy in the Walker County Sheriff's Department, had 3,907 votes, or 29 percent.
Votes were certified as official after provisional votes were counted Tuesday in the Probate Judge's Office. The provisional vote did not affect the probate judge's race, as Bridges and Dutton each gained two votes and Tucker gained five votes.
No Democrats are in the probate judge's race and no independents are running in that contest, leaving the nominee of the party to face only write-in votes on the Nov. 6 General Election.
The candidates are vying to replace Rick Allison, who is retiring as probate judge.
In a release emailed Sunday to the Daily Mountain Eagle, Bridges said, "After reflection, discussions with family, friends and supporters, I have reached the conclusion that Walker County needs A. Lee Tucker as its next probate judge.
"Lee's 30-plus years of legal experience, years of service as a municipal judge, approachability and common touch with people has earned my vote and makes him the hands down choice. I urge my friends, family and supporters to cast their vote for Lee as well. Thanks again for all your help and encouragement."
Tucker said in a statement Sunday, "We're thrilled that Dayron after careful consideration has decided to vote for us. The race has been exciting and rewarding while a great opportunity to meet so many folks. Dayron has a large family of friends and supporters we met during this campaign and we will humbly ask them, as Dayron has, to support us in our effort to become your next probate judge of Walker County."
On Monday, Tucker called Bridges "a class individual whom I enjoyed having campaigned with. We went at it without having an ugly time at all. He is a wonderful person and has a great family. I'm just pleased he has decided to endorse and support me."
Dutton said in a statement Monday, "Just like the rest of the voting citizens of this county, Mr. Bridges has the right to endorse and support any candidate which he may choose. I have many people who are endorsing and supporting me, and Mr. Tucker will have people who are going to support and endorse him. It is the nature of politics. Ultimately, it will be up to each citizen to do their homework and investigation as to each individual running for office and then vote for the candidate of their choice."