Scoggins squeaks past Bell
by Jessica Loeding
Aug 01, 2012 | 4406 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Melba Scoggins and her husband, Myron, watch Tuesday night’s results come in. Scoggins defeated incumbent Gary Bell in the Bartow County Clerk of Superior Court race.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Melba Scoggins and her husband, Myron, watch Tuesday night’s results come in. Scoggins defeated incumbent Gary Bell in the Bartow County Clerk of Superior Court race. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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In the night's closest race, Melba Scoggins defeated Clerk of Superior Court incumbent Gary Bell in a nail-biter.

With less than 230 votes separating the two, Scoggins earned 50.8 percent of the votes -- 7,286 -- to Bell's 49.2 percent, or 7,057.

No stranger to the court system, Scoggins worked as the criminal and jury clerk for 27 years where she supervised all criminal and court proceedings. Bell has served as clerk since 2001.

"We had a great outcome tonight of people that came in, and I'm pumped. I worked really hard and diligent in this campaign ...," Scoggins said Tuesday evening prior to meeting with supporters at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

She will attend training this fall for her new position and plans to get straight to work come January.

"I already know the staff, I already know the plans," she said. "I will be looking at the budget to see where we can cut back. That was one of the promises I made in the campaign.

"I'll be anxious to start ... [Jan.] 1, get back to my court family."