Originally created 11/06/96

Jolly captures contest for county solicitor



Sheryl Jolly fended off a challenge from Republican candidate Ben Jackson on Tuesday to become the next solicitor for Richmond County State Court.

With all the ballots counted except for absentees, 34,330 voters cast ballots for Ms. Jolly and 14,974 voters cast ballots for Mr. Jackson. Some absentee ballots remained to be counted early this morning.

Ms. Jolly will replace Robert "Bo" Hunter as the chief prosecutor of misdemeanor and traffic offenses in Richmond County State Court. The part-time job pays $32,000 a year.

The solicitor spot became a hotly contested race this year as Ms. Jolly squared off against Joe Neal Jr. in the Democratic primary election in July. She won that race with nearly 75 percent of the vote and went on to face Mr. Jackson in Tuesday's election.

Overall, Ms. Jolly collected $56,083 in contributions and Mr. Jackson collected $24,450 for election expenses, according to financial statements submitted Oct. 28.

Mr. Jackson, an attorney in private practice, was uncontested in the Republican primary election, which enabled him to delay campaign expenditures during the early part of the year.

Mr. Hunter opted not to run for the solicitor's office this year. Instead he ran an unsuccessful challenge against Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, in the Democratic primary election for state House District 115.