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Monique Scott headed for win in Hillsborough County judge race

Late results showed Scott, a former prosecutor, with a comfortable lead over Tampa attorney Bill Yanger.
Monique Scott is running for the Hillsborough County Judge Group 7 seat.
Monique Scott is running for the Hillsborough County Judge Group 7 seat. [ Scott campaign ]
Published Nov. 4, 2020|Updated Nov. 4, 2020

TAMPA — Monique Scott, former prosecutor, appeared headed for victory Tuesday night in the race against Bill Yanger for Hillsborough County Judge. As of 9:30 p.m., results showed Scott with 55 percent of the vote over Yanger, who held a little less than 45 percent.

Yanger and Scott were the top-two candidates in a four-way August primary. Neither received more than 50 percent of the primary vote, ensuring a general election runoff in this nonpartisan race.

Yanger, 59, is a widely respected Tampa attorney whose practice focuses on complex business litigation. It was his second run for county judge. He lost his youngest daughter in what was described as a domestic violence homicide in 2016. The loss, he says, gave him a new perspective and was part of what motivated his run for office.

Scott, 38, is a former Hillsborough County prosecutor and public school teacher, who most recently has practiced with a personal injury firm.

Yanger far out-raised and outspent his opponent, assembling campaign contributions that totaled more than $130,000. Scott raised more than $47,000.

County judges preside over misdemeanor criminal cases and civil actions involving less than $15,000. The job has an annual salary of $151,821.

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