PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The heated race for Kentucky Supreme Court Justice between former Justice Janet Stumbo and Justice Will T. Scott has come to an end.
Both candidates were scrutinized for ads they ran during the campaign but on Tuesday the voters had the final say and Will T. Scott will stay on the Supreme Court.
“It feels good I’m glad that I’ve kept fighting for Eastern Kentucky. I love this place and I love my people. We’ve had some great successes and I’m glad that I could go down there and be their voice on the Supreme Court of Kentucky for the next eight years,” said Scott.
“We've worked hard for one year. It’s been a long but good year and I’m really pleased that I get to represent the people of Eastern Kentucky in Frankfort. The people looked at that and made their choice and thankfully they chose me to fight for another 8 years, I’ve been fighting for Eastern Kentucky and for this country since I was 19. I’ve never quit. I’ve just changed battlefields. I’m still on this one for my people and my home and I’m very thankful for the opportunity,” said Scott on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is currently in the race against Judge Janet Stumbo from the Circuit Court of Appeals. The campaigns, for both candidates, have come under fire from the Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, in Kentucky.
"Surely voters are interested in the tactics these candidates are employing to try to win this race." says William Fortune, with committee. "Both have engaged in negative advertising, both have used false and misleading information."
Fortune says both candidates have violated a pledge to conduct their race, against each other, in a dignified manner.
"We're going to have a lot of judicial races in 2014." Fortune says, " I hope this doesn't serve as some sort of a `how to do it' for other candidates out there. I hope rather it's seen as a how 'not' to do it."
The race for Kentucky's 7th Supreme Court District, which covers 22 counties in Eastern Kentucky.