BROOKSVILLE — Circuit Judge Robert Hodges was leading Denise Dymond Lyn in early results Tuesday night in his bid to retain his seat on the 5th Judicial Circuit Group 1 seat, which covers Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Marion and Lake counties.
Hodges, appointed to the bench by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007, is hoping to win his first six-year term.
In the months leading up to the election, Hodges urged voters to "keep" him as judge and reminded them that "experience counts" in campaign literature and signs.
Hodges has handled juvenile delinquency cases in Marion County and also is responsible for domestic violence injunctions and some foreclosure cases.
Lyn, 43, who runs her own civil practice in Inverness, counted on voters remembering her from her run for a judgeship in 2008, when she was defeated by Sandy Hawkins for a Citrus County-based judicial vacancy.
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