Hancock County voters chose three incumbent Democrat magistrates to face Republican Mike White during the upcoming November general election.
According to unofficial vote totals, Tuesday's winners were Scott Hicks with 3,129 votes; Mike Powell, 2,615 votes; and Betty Bauer, 2,251 votes. Along with White, the trio will compete for three seats in November.
Coming in last with 1,502 votes was Curt Parkins, who will not move on to the general election.
Bauer has worked as a magistrate for 23 years. She previously noted what makes the job increasingly more difficult is the rising number of cases related to drugs and drunken driving.
Felony cases also have increased considerably, she said.
Powell has been a magistrate for 14 years.
He also worked as a police officer for 22 years. Powell has said the most important aspect of being a magistrate is remaining fair and impartial.
Hicks has worked in the criminal justice system for 40 years and believes it is important for magistrates to remain impartial and make decisions based on the law.
White faced no opposition in the primary, but he believes the major challenge for a magistrate is making sure one is treating people fairly and equally.
White, who is the current term-limited sheriff, said his 39 years of law enforcement experience give him the background knowledge to perform the job.