By Dick Cook
For the first time in more than 20 years, voters in the 10th Judicial District will not have the option of voting for an incumbent for district attorney general and Criminal Court judge.
District Attorney General Jerry Estes, who has served since 1982, stepped aside, and Criminal Court Judge Steve Bebb stepped down to run for district attorney.
In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Mr. Bebb defeated Cleveland, Tenn., attorney Jim Logan by more than 200 votes in the district that includes Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties. Mr. Bebb will face Republican Steve Crump, who ran unopposed, in the Aug. 3 general election.
“It was a good, hard campaign, and I’m grateful and gratified to win,” said Mr. Bebb, who last ran a campaign with opposition in 1982. “It’s a triumph for all the good people who got out and talked to their friends and neighbors.”
Mr. Bebb, who grew up in Sweetwater, Tenn., and Englewood, Tenn., said he had a lot of roots throughout the district.
“Old roots came out and voted,” he said.
Mr. Crump, an assistant district attorney, said running for an office held for more than two decades by Republican Jerry Estes may help in the general election.
“I want to do my best to talk about what my vision is for this office and where I think we ought to head,” Mr. Crump said. “There are some changes I would like to see in the way our office works, and I’m looking forward to the campaign.”
In the race for Criminal Court judge, Amy Reedy outpolled attorney Randy Rogers throughout the district in the Democratic primary. Ms. Reedy says her appointment to the post in January is an advantage.
“It gives the voters an opportunity to see if you can do the job,” Ms. Reedy said.
She faces Republican Sandra Donaghy, an assistant district attorney who defeated R. Joshua McKee in the primary.
Ms. Donaghy got 70 percent of her votes in Bradley County.
“I think that’s because I’m from Bradley County and have been working in the courts here since 1997, and I’m known more,” she said.
Ms. Reedy, who lives in Bradley County, said she isn’t worried about competing in the strongly Republican area.
“Bradley County historically has voted for the person,” she said. “On a local level we are far less partisan.”
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