Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston was elected to a second four-year term Tuesday, defeating current Justice of the Peace James Westley by more than 1,000 votes in the Republican Primary race for the spot.
Johnston, 54, garnered a total of 3,399 votes (59 percent) to Westley's 2,324 votes (41 percent), with early voting numbers totaling 1,790 (61 percent) for Johnston and 1,123 votes (39 percent) for Westley.
“I am relieved,” Johnston said after the final votes were tallied Tuesday night. “It was a good, clean race and I thank Westley for running a good, clean race. I am happy to have served this county four years and am looking forward to serving another four years.
“I hope to continue the pattern of growth from the past four years and the cost cutting we have achieved.”
Westley, 59, said he was disappointed with the loss, but pleased to have garnered so much support from the community.
“I ran a good race,” he said. “I have over 2,000 people believe in me and believed that I could make things better. I am proud of the people that supported me.”
Westley, who concludes his fourth term as Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace in December, said he is not sure what his next step will be.
“God has a different plan for me,” he said. “I'll just have to figure out what's next.”