Posted: Tue, May 15 2012 at 11:34 PM, Updated: Tue, May 15 2012 at 11:49 PM
With more than 55% of the unofficial vote, Beth Heckert will be Jackson County's new District Attorney.
"I'm feeling great and so many volunteers helped me get to this position. That's why we're here tonight, celebrating," said Beth Heckert, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Jackson County and presumed winner of tonight's District Attorney election.
She celebrated in Jacksonville with supporters and volunteers.
The veteran prosecutor said she was underestimated heading into election night.
" I don't think people we're looking at what the District Attorney does and I think voters did look at that," said Heckert at her campaign party.
District Attorney Mark Huddleston, who is retiring soon, endorsed Heckert.
He said he's pleased with tonight's results.
"Beth is extremely experience and knowledge. She has a real heart for the case load, hard working lawyer and I am so pleased she is looking good with the results tonight," said Mark Huddleston, outgoing District Attorney for Jackson County.
In Medford, we caught up with Rob Patridge, who was considered a front-runner heading into election night. His election party had a bit of a different tone.
"We're a little disappointed," said District Attorney candidate, Rob Patridge.
Patridge nabbed endorsements from Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters and his current boss Congressman Greg Walden.
Based on unofficial results, those endorsements did not translate into votes this evening.
Dave Hoppe, also ran for District Attorney, he placed third.