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Columbia Missourian

Bryson defeats Shaw for associate circuit judge

By Alysha Love
August 3, 2010 | 10:53 p.m. CDT
Judge Larry Bryson and his wife, Patti Bryson, look at early election results online around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

What happened: In a close race, Larry Bryson defeated Kim Shaw, 51.36 percent to 48.64 percent.



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"Just wonderful. It's happy around here. We've been analyzing and continued to be hopeful all night and it turned out alright. I really appreciate the voters. I've had a lot of supporters, friends, family. It's really an answered prayer."
--Larry Bryson 

"This is something he's always been passionate about, always been good at and when there's a challenge, you work a little bit harder to show that." 
--Chris Bryson, son of Larry Bryson 


During the campaign, Bryson said being fair and impartial in the courtroom was his top priority. For Bryson, the best part of the job is the time he spends meeting with the people in his division. He has been associate judge for Circuit 13, Division 5, since Jan. 1, 1987.

Shaw campaigned with a pledge to treat everyone in the courtroom with dignity and respect. She said she believes all the facts of a case should be heard and interpreted through the lens of the law, without injecting personal beliefs into a ruling.