County judge noncommittal on Senate race

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said she's holding off on supporting a candidate in the 7th District Senate race until after the May primary election.

The Democratic judge who supported Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher throughout his campaign said it's still too early to pick a candidate in the race. But she conceded she's a long-time acquaintance of the governor's brother, Harold Fletcher, who's running for the seat.

"I campaigned with Harold in 10 or 15 counties during the governor's race," said Barton. "I've actually known Harold longer than I've known Ernie."

Harold Fletcher, who was a Democrat until changing his registration last year, entered the race for state Senate Friday. Meanwhile, former Democratic Gov. Julian Carroll also has expressed desire to run for newly redistricted Senate seat, and already has sought Barton's support.

"I think the Democratic judge should support the Democratic nominee," said Carroll.

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