Judges Automatically Reelected

Embattled Circuit Court Judge Richard Albritton has reason to celebrate. He has won re-election to another six-year term on the bench when no one qualified to run against him.

Albritton is under attack by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, but he won automatic reelection at noon Friday when the qualifying period for candidates officially ended and no one ran against him.

Circuit Judge Glen Hess was also automatically reelected to another six-year term on the bench after he didn't draw any opposition.

Congressman Allen Boyd automatically heads back to Washington for another two years, as he was unopposed.

It was an entirely different story in a Bay County judge’s race.

Incumbent Judge Elijah Smiley has drawn two opponents, Hoot Crawford and Shane Vann.

But if Gov. Jeb Bush approves another circuit judgeship for the area, Smiley has indicated he would run for that job and drop out of the county judge’s race.