More than a dozen incumbent Cherokee County elected officials have been on primary and judicial election ballots in 2020, but they have run without opposition and will begin new terms next year.
Sheriff Frank Reynolds, who leads the county’s largest law enforcement agency, did not draw an opponent from either his own Republican party or the Democratic party. The Sheriff’s Office is in the midst of a $40 million expansion of the Cherokee County jail.
On the court side of law enforcement, the county’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Shannon Wallace is also running without opposition. Chief Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea and fellow Superior Court Judge David Cannon ran unopposed and were re-elected in June’s judicial election, as was State Court Judge Dee Morris. Clerk of Court Patty Baker is also running without opposition. State Court Judge Michelle Homier was challenged, but won reelection in June.
Other local races whose incumbents are running unopposed include:
♦ Board of Education Chairwoman Kyla Comer;
♦ District 1 Board of Education member Kelly Poole;
♦ District 2 Board of Education member Patsy Jordan;
♦ State House District 23 Rep. Mandi Ballinger
♦ State Sentate District 21 Sen. Brandon Beach
♦ Surveyor Ron Wikle Jr.; and,
♦ Tax Commissioner Sonya Little.