Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Door-to-Door Campaigning Pays Dividends for Scarlett

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Door-to-Door Campaigning Pays Dividends for Scarlett

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BRUNSWICK-- State Rep. Stephen G. Scarlett won a five-county race to replace Chief Judge A. Blenn Taylor Jr., who is retiring from the Superior Court bench.

Scarlett won all but one of the five counties in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. His only loss was in Camden County where J. Robert "Robbie" Morgan, one of his opponents, practices law.

The closest of the four candidates in the non-partisan race was Glynn County Chief Magistrate Ernest Gilbert, who finished second to Scarlett in four of the five counties. St. Simons Island lawyer Alan David Tucker trailed the field.

Overall, Scarlett received 12,384 votes, 50 percent, while opponents Gilbert collected 7,216 votes, Morgan garnered 3,584 votes and Tucker got 1,415 votes.

"Obviously I'm tremendously humbled by the support I received throughout the circuit," he said. "We have never worked so hard in a campaign before."

Outspent in the campaign, Scarlett said he made up the difference with a lot of grass-roots support and an effective door-to-door campaign that sent out ripples in the three northern counties. …

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