Studebaker wins probate judge battle

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By Emily Pollok

Republican Dee Studebaker outdistanced Democrat Crystal Johnson on Nov. 6 to win the race for Lancaster County probate judge.
Studebaker got 19,498 votes, 59 percent of the total. Johnson received 13,316, or 41 percent.
“I’m excited,” said Studebaker, who joined other Republicans at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster late Tuesday. “I’m thankful for all of the supporters and hardworking volunteers.”
Studebaker, the county’s associate probate judge for two years, will take over from Probate Judge Sandra Estridge, who chose not to run again after holding the seat for 23 years.
Studebaker was opposed by Johnson, a customer service representative for Springs Global. Johnson was the county’s associate probate judge for 15 years.
Studebaker, originally from Arkansas, relocated to Lancaster County five years ago with her husband and two sons.
She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a law degree from the University of Arkansas, and has been a lawyer for 24 years.
Studebaker said she wants to bring innovative leadership and professional direction to the probate court.

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