In partial election results Tuesday night, Mary Hatcher and Denise A. Dymond Lyn appeared to be headed for a showdown in November for the Group 3 judgeship in the 5th Judicial Circuit.
It appeared the incumbent judge, Sandy Kautz, would be the low vote receiver of the four. Hatcher, who was leading in the four-person race with more than twice the number of votes as Lyn, is a private practice lawyer from Wildwood who has served as a staff attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit judges in Dade City.
Lyn is also a private practice lawyer and has served as a contract attorney for several local governments. The fourth candidate in the race was Bo Samargya, a private practice lawyer who has been both a prosecutor and an assistant public defender.
The 5th Judicial Circuit is made up of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Sumter and Marion counties. The judge elected to Group 3 typically works in Citrus County. Elected in nonpartisan races, judges serve for six years.