The 39th Judicial District serves both Franklin and Fulton counties. A vacancy was created when Richard J. Walsh retired from the bench.
Jeremiah Zook, of Guilford Township, proved to be Republicans’ choice for the role. However, fellow attorney Jeffrey Evans held a lead over him as election results poured in on the Democratic side.
With all but one precinct reporting in the two counties, Evans had 1,735 votes from Democrats compared to 1,483 for Zook.
Zook currently is an assistant district attorney.
The winner on each side will appear uncontested on ballots in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
Zook, 38, garnered 5,715 votes among Republicans, compared to 4,203 for Evans and 1,266 for Jerrold Sulcove, according to unofficial election results.
Sulcove captured 910 votes among Democrats.
About 19 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans went to the polls in Franklin County Tuesday.
A Republican who cross-filed to appear on both parties’ ballots, Zook highlighted his courtroom experience during his campaign. He said he has handled more than 30 jury trials.
“I am the only candidate with experience as a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney and a private practitioner,” Zook said in a Herald-Mail election profile.
Evans, 49, of Fayetteville, Pa., highlighted the diversity of his practice.
"My diversity of experience is important because our judges hear cases in all areas. I have spent my life in Franklin County and understand the values of the people here," he said.
The winner in November will serve a 10-year term and earn an annual salary of $173,271.
Court of Common Pleas 39th Judicial District
Top vote-getter in each primary advances
Jeffrey S. Evans 1,735
Jeremiah Zook 1,483
Jerrold A. Sulcove 910
Jeremiah Zook 5,715
Jeffrey S. Evans 4,203
Jerrold A. Sulcove 1,266