MARQUETTE - With a total of 16,330 votes, Cheryl Hill won her bid to become Marquette County's next probate judge.
"I want to thank everyone who supported me in my campaign for probate judge," Hill said this morning. "The campaign gave me an invaluable opportunity to meet with and talk to a great many people in Marquette County. I am humbled by the confidence you have placed in me and will always strive to do my best to justify your trust. I look forward to serving as Marquette County's probate judge."
Hill appeared on the ballot along with George Hyde, who received 11,268 votes.
Both candidates made it through a tight primary race, beating out three other challengers for a spot on Tuesday's ballot.
On Jan. 1, Hill will take over the judgeship being vacated by current Marquette County Probate Court Judge Michael Anderegg, who held the seat for more than three decades and will retire at the end of this year. He is the longest serving probate judge in Marquette County history, having run unopposed for re-election five times.
"I'd like to continue the level of excellence that I have witnessed Judge Anderegg put forth in that courtroom," Hill said.
Hill will preside for a term of six years, when the judgeship will once again be up for election.
The probate judge presides over cases involving people who cannot legally speak for themselves, such as the mentally ill or young children. The probate court is also responsible for handling estate issues.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.