Judge Woodcock headed for re-election

Posted Nov. 03, 2010, at 1:26 a.m.

BANGOR,  Maine — Longtime Penobscot County Probate Judge Allan Woodcock Jr. appeared well on his way to earning re-election Tuesday.

With more than two-thirds of results tallied, the Republican Woodcock was leading Democratic challenger Mandi Odier-Fink, 64 percent to 36 percent.

The 90-year-old has served continuously as probate judge since 1963. Odier-Fink, 40, is a practicing attorney in Bangor.

Probate judges are the only elected judges in Maine. The Probate Courts handle adoptions, wills, guardianships, estates and name changes. To run for probate court judge, candidates must live in the county they are running in and be lawyers in good standing with the Maine Overseers of the Bar.

Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross, District Attorney R. Christopher Almy, County Treasurer Dan Tremble and Register of Deeds Susan Bulay all ran unopposed and were re-elected.