None of the seven candidates vying for the seats of two retiring Jackson County Circuit Court judges garnered the necessary majority tonight to be declared a clear winner.

But first returns in the primary election show the leaders in a recent poll of attorneys are carrying their races by wide margins.

Of the three candidates vying for Position 8, Judge William Purdy’s seat, defense attorney Lisa Greif is in the top spot with voters, winning 17,068 votes (47.7 percent), according to early returns from the Jackson County Elections Office.

Joe Charter, a Jackson County justice of the peace, sits in second place with 8,764 votes (24.5 percent). Medford attorneys Tom Dzieman, with 5,224 votes (14.6 percent), and Paul Henderson, with 4,657 votes (13 percent), are bringing up the rear.

Former County Counsel Doug McGeary leads the three candidates vying for Position 6, retiring Judge Rebecca Orf’s seat. McGeary has 14,403 votes (42.9 percent), while Jackson County District Attorneys Tim Barnack and John Norton have 12,481 votes (37.16 percent) and 6,628 (19.74 percent) respectively.

The preliminary primary election results echoed those of the Oregon State Bar poll — at least for the two front runners. Local attorneys chose Lisa Greif and Doug McGeary as their favorites in the April poll.

The top two candidates for each seat will square off in November’s general election.

— Sanne Specht