by Ron Gregory
MADISON — Although they could apparently not the tip the scales of an election, well-known attorneys from the area were major contributions to the failed re-election bid of Family Court Judge Cynthia Jarrell, according to financial reports on file.
Jarrell, who was defeated in the non-partisan judge race May 10 by Bobby Hale, raised far more funding than her opponent. In the end, however, Hale beat Jarrell, 6,095 to 4,740, according to unofficial figures from the Secretary of State’s office.
Actually, Hale reported receiving only one $175 donation from Tamara Sheets prior to the May 10 balloting. Another report will be filed post-election.
Jarrell’s list of donors, on the other hand, reads like a “who’s who” list of area family court attorneys. In fact, Boone lawyer Peter Hendricks donated $750 to Jarrell in February. Diane Hendricks of the same Hendricks Law Firm donated another $200 in in-kind contributions for an “Appreciation for Support” event for Jarrell. Paula Williams donated $50 in Jarrell’s name to the Brushton-Ashford Community Bingo.
Others listed on Jarrell’s first financial report come as a result of a reception held at the Webb Law Office in Charleston. Those listed are Sharon Lord, $40; Andrew Nason, $80; Maureen Conley, $100; Inerpal Saluja, $250; Mary Kelly, $1,000; and Julia Shalhoup, $1,000.
The second, or pre-primary reports, shows $50 from Nancy Bias; $100 each for Charles Piccirillo, Todd Mounts, Harry Shaffer III and Lyne Ranson; $250 apiece from Steven Thorne, Brian Abraham and Robert Ilderton; $50 from Geoffrey Saunders and $500 from Claude Smith, III.
Because judicial races are non-partisan for the first time this year, there is no general election in November. Hale, therefore, will assume the office at the completion of Jarrell’s term.