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With her husband at her side, Kanawha Circuit Judge candidate Tera Salango takes a photo with her team after winning the election inside her law office, in Charleston, Tuesday night.

Charleston lawyer Tera Salango appeared to best two other candidates on Tuesday in the race for Kanawha County’s next circuit judge, following a “non-partisan” judicial campaign marked by an outside Republican political action committee supporting one candidate and attacking another with, in the words of Kanawha County’s prosecutor, “false and misleading” advertisements.

With all 174 precincts reporting, Salango secured about 63 percent of the vote with 37,862 votes. She ousted Judge Dan Greear, a former Republican candidate and legislative staffer who was appointed to the circuit bench by Gov. Jim Justice earlier this year when longtime Judge James Stucky resigned for health reasons after more than 20 years on the bench, and Gregory Elliott, a Charleston-based lawyer.

Caity Coyne is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Reach Caity Coyne at, 304-348-7939 or follow @CaityCoyne on Twitter.

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