CHARLESTON - A Cabell County assistant prosecutor will have a new seat in the courtroom move after being elected as the county's newest circuit court judge.

Jane Hustead defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Farrell with 7,690 votes compared to Farrell's 6,817.

Hustead, who will take over the third division of the state's Sixth Judicial Court, will fill the spot left by outgoing Circuit Court Judge John Cummings. No Republicans ran for the spot.

All seven incumbent Kanawha Circuit Court judges ran unopposed races in Tuesday's primary election.

Democrats Irene Berger, Tod Kaufman, Duke Bloom, Jennifer Bailey Walker and Charles King, Jr., as well as Republicans Paul Zakaib and James Stucky were guaranteed spots on the bench if they choose to continue in the Circuit Court in 2009.

In the Putnam County circuit court race, incumbent judge O.C. Spaulding and candidate Phillip Stowers won their respective Democratic divisions. Stowers received 4,646 votes while his opponent David Hill had 3,295.

Spaulding won 5,325 votes compared to Rosalee Juba-Plumley's 3,270 votes.

Incumbent Republican Edward Eagloski ran unopposed.

Elsewhere in the state, former Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw won the nomination for circuit judge in Wyoming County.

In Randolph County, Jaymie Godwin Wilfong narrowly defeated incumbent Circuit Judge John Henning and challenger Frank Bush to win the seat.




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