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Run-off Roundup

Keel Loses Bid for Criminal Appeals Court

By Jordan Smith, April 14, 2006, News

With just under 2% voter turnout statewide, incumbent Judge Charles Holcomb seized a solid majority, edging out challenger Terry Keel to win the Republican run-off for Place 6 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal appellate court. If Holcomb, 72, wins a second term in November he'll have to vacate his seat in September 2008, before the conclusion of his term, because state law mandates judicial retirement at age 75. Holcomb will face Libertarian challenger Dave Howard in November; there is no Democratic challenger in the race.

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