For all intensive purposes, Nancy Gentry’s title as probate judge will remain the same for another four years.
Her only challenger Municipal Judge Fred Arnold bowed out of the race on Thursday, leaving Gentry with the surety of another term.
Gentry said Arnold told her the news personally.
“I am very thrilled and very impressed of him coming over there and telling me personally,” Gentry said. “That was pretty cool.”
Arnold did not return a phone call placed to his home on Friday. Arnold and two other candidates ran against Gentry in the 2000 election and lost.
Gentry said Arnold didn’t give her a reason for dropping out of the election.
Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Lee Fraze said there will be no opportunity for write-in candidates to challenge Gentry.
Fraze said write-in candidates are only permitted to challenge for certain positions, probate judge not being one.
Gentry, a Democrat, is in the process of completing her sixth year as probate judge. She was elected to a two-year term and defeated Republican Donald L. Manis in the 2000 general election by claiming 62 percent of the 5,461 votes.
If everything goes as planned, Gentry will begin her final four-year term as probate judge the beginning of 2005.
“I think it’s wonderful; this is the first time I’ve ran and didn’t have a bunch of opponents,” Gentry said.
Besides doing probates, Gentry also conducts weddings and signs off on marriage certificates.