Incumbent Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard took Bulloch County by a landslide with 71 percent of the vote, but Effingham County voters had a different view.
With results not complete at press time, Mallard was leading in Screven County and won Jenkins county. He was up by about 200 votes in Screven County and Jenkins County by about 55 votes, but challenger Martha Kirkland Hall swept Effingham County by 832 votes.
Mallard still won the overall election and will remain as the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit’s district attorney.
“People know me,” Mallard said. “I grew up here, raised my family here. (Hall) tried to divide the counties in this race. That was one of her strategies. I am glad the majority of voters saw through this.”
Hall did not return calls made to her cellphone
seeking comment Tuesday night.
“I appreciate the people who voted for me,” Mallard said. “I did run a positive race. I am thrilled, tired and extremely glad it’s over. I am ready to get started on the next four years.”
In previous interviews, Hall, who once worked under former District Attorney Joe Martin, said “I think I can make some improvements in the way things are running.”
She said her decision to run against Mallard was spurred by encouragement from local law enforcement officers, local attorneys and others in the community.
Mallard said he has developed a strong working relationship with local attorneys and law enforcement, and hopes to keep that going. “We have a very good office, we work well with law enforcement, and I want to continue. I am a career prosecutor, and I like what I do.”
First elected in 2002, Mallard has been a prosecutor for 24 years. For 11 of those, he served as chief assistant district attorney of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit before his election as district attorney 10 years ago.
He also worked as an assistant solicitor in Cobb County and as an assistant district attorney of the Eastern Judicial Circuit in Chatham County.
Hall works with her husband and law partner, Michael Hall. She spent almost six years working as assistant DA in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit prosecuting felonies in juvenile and superior courts. From 2001 to 2003, she sat on the bench as judge for the Newington and Oliver Municipal Courts and currently serves as solicitor general of Screven County in addition to her private practice.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.