Susan Weaver’s family roots in Van Buren County paid huge dividends Tuesday, enabling her to defeat District Court Judge Amy Brazil in the preferential primary election.


Results from Barnett and Union precincts in Van Buren County remained unreported Wednesday morning, but Weaver held an insurmountable 606-vote lead in the District 9, Position 2 race. Neither of the outstanding precincts will produce enough votes to alter the outcome.


Brazil collected 53 percent of the votes in Faulkner County, but Weaver is more than making up the difference with 77.5 percent of the votes so far in Van Buren County. Nineteen precincts have reported in Van Buren County and Weaver has won them all.


Overall, unofficial results show Weaver holding a 52-percent edge. She has 6,818 votes to Brazil’s 6,212.
Unofficial results show Brazil winning Faulkner County, where her family roots are equally deep, with 5,734 votes to Weaver’s 5,170.


Weaver’s hometown is Clinton and Brazil’s is Conway, where they both now reside.


Brazil has served as District Court judge since July 2010. She was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to complete the term of Brazil’s uncle, Judge Russell L. “Jack” Roberts, following his death.
Weaver, a former deputy prosecuting attorney, has been in private practice.