Kim Shaw, Michael Whitworth win Division 5 judicial primaries

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 11:30 p.m. CDT; updated 11:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — In the primary, three Democrats and two Republicans ran for Division 5 associate circuit judge to replace Larry Bryson, who is retiring at age 66.


Kim Shaw won 52 percent of the final tally, taking 6,055 votes out of 11,604.  She defeated challengers Finley Gibbs, 3,948 votes, and Robert L. Fleming, 1,601 votes.

In the 2010 Democratic primary, Shaw lost by less than 3 percent of the vote against Bryson.

Shaw is an assistant public defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit. She ran her own law firm in Columbia and served as a public defender early in her career.

REACTION: With nearly three-quarters of the total votes counted, Shaw had 51 percent of the votes. She said she was "excited, but still nervous."

"I've been so busy and worked so hard, I've barely had time to think past today," Shaw said.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Shaw said she plans to continue the way she approached the primary, which included reaching out to Boone County and telling residents about her qualifications and experiences. 

"We've hit a lot of homes all over Boone County," Shaw said.


Michael Whitworth, 59, defeated challenger Doug Shull in the Republican primary. Whitworth received 5,252 of 7,886 votes, or 66.6 percent of the total.

He is an attorney with the firm of Ford, Parshall & Baker, specializing in litigation relating to criminal cases and family law.

REACTION: Whitworth said he was "thrilled" and wanted to thank the voters and his supporters.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: He said he is "going to be working as hard as I can" as his campaign continues, walking the neighborhoods in Boone County and reaching out to voters.

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