Republican Roy Agee was leading Democrat Verdell Baker in the Jefferson County District 8 Justice of the Peace contest Tuesday night.
As of 10 p.m., with 6 of 15 precincts reporting, unofficial results show:
• Agee — 605 votes or 55 percent
• Baker — 493 votes or 44 percent
The winner will fill the quorum court seat left vacant by the death of Justice of the Peace Cleddie Shock.
Agee, who has served on the White Hall School Board since 2005, said he hoped he could stay ahead in the polls and go on to serve the public as a justice of peace.
“I’m excited about the voter turnout,” he said. “I hope to maintain the lead because I have a strong opponent. I’m excited about the opportunity I may have to represent the people of District 8.”
He said his service on the board of directors of many local and state organizations has prepared him for the new role.
Baker could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. She was a previous candidate for the position.