Scott Returned To Supreme Court

Nov 6, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott of Pikeville will return to the state's highest court, winning a second term in a district that covers most of the state's Appalachian region.

With 93 percent of the vote counted Tuesday night, Scott received 77,780 votes, or 57 percent, to 56,746 votes, or 42 percent, for his challenger, Appeals Court Judge Janet Stumbo.

Scott had made a campaign issue out of Stumbo's last name, questioning why she was not using her married name of Pillersdorf. Voters in the region still strongly believe wives should take their husbands' last names.

The 58-year-old Stumbo was the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in 1993. She was re-elected without opposition, but was defeated by Scott in her bid for a third term.