Columbia County joins Rich-mond and Burke on Tuesday in electing a judge to succeed the retiring Albert Pickett.
We believe Sheryl Jolly has the right background and temperament to replace such a rock-solid jurist.
After two years in private practice as a civil attorney, Jolly moved to Augusta with her husband and in 1986 took a job as an assistant district attorney. She later moved to the Solicitor's Office, and in 1996 became solicitor general.
In addition to prosecuting criminal cases, Jolly has been a leader in fighting domestic violence, volunteering countless hours to local agencies.
Jolly sought out those positions because of her deep concern for children and families. Such interest is vital to the judge who takes a seat on the bench in the circuit's domestic relations court. This is where Jolly's experience overshadows her competitors, both of whom are trial lawyers serving the interest of that day's paying client.
Last year, Jolly was one of several highly qualified finalists for an earlier superior court vacancy. To get on that short list, her credentials were reviewed by the governor's Judicial Nomination Commission, and she passed with flying colors.
Another deserving candidate received that appointment. But the good news is that voters have an opportunity to give the gavel to Sheryl Jolly on Tuesday.
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