STANFORD - Circuit Judge Bob Gillum won't have to clean out his chambers after Tuesday night's election victory in the 28th Judicial Circuit.
Gillum was elected judge in Lincoln, Rockcastle and Pulaski counties by a 6,186 vote margin over runner-up Mike Duncan and a 6,353 vote margin over Mark Stanziano.
He will serve until the end of 2006.
"I was very pleased (to win). I was very pleased with voter turnout in all three counties," said Gillum.
Family and friends of Gillum gathered with him at Bastin's Steak House in Somerset to celebrate the win Tuesday night.
Gillum was appointed by Gov. Paul Patton to fill the position after judge Daniel J. Venters retired in July.
During his months in office, Gillum said he had "whittled down" the cumbersome court docket.
He also started a drug court in Pulaski and Rockcastle counties, with plans to start one in Lincoln.
Gillum came to the bench with 28 years of law experience. He also had 23 years of military service. Gillum has served as a special justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and on the State Bar Inquiry Commission.