MARINETTE - The people of Marinette County spoke Tuesday, and they decided to keep Jim Morrison as their Branch II Circuit Court Judge. The unofficial final tally in the race for the six-year judgeship term ended with Morrison receiving 4,172 votes and his challenger, Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey, receiving 3,189.

After the unofficial results were in, both men were contacted to get their thoughts on the hotly contested race.

"I've never had a more wonderful bunch of people do more things for me than I ever imagined could be done," said the victorious Morrison. "So, so, many people did so much to help me and believed in my candidacy that I am truly humbled - I just don't know what else to say.

"It takes my breath away, the kind of support that people gave to me - and of course, I'm extremely grateful to the people of Marinette County for giving me the opportunity to do this job I love for the next six years."

Morrison credited the hard work done by his campaign team in helping secure the victory.

"I won this race because dozens and dozens of people made thousands of phone calls and put out yard signs, invited me to events, cooked shrimp boils for me - they made it possible - they made it possible, and I'm not going to disappoint them, I promise you that," the judge said.

A somber Allen Brey said he spent the evening at home with family and friends as the results began coming in - results indicating that the race was not looking likely to go in his favor.

"I thank everyone who voted for me," Brey said. "It was very gratifying to have the confidence of so many people. I thank everyone who helped me during this election process. A special thank you to my wife, Sharon, and my family, and my treasurer Rick Thill and his family, for all their hard work.

"I look forward to continuing to serve as the Marinette County District Attorney," Brey said.