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Michael Sharrit elected in only contested Jacksonville judicial race

Posted: August 27, 2014 - 5:29pm  |  Updated: August 27, 2014 - 6:17pm

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  • The only contested race for judge in the Jacksonville area was not much of a contest.

    By a margin of 75 percent to 25 percent, Michael Sharrit defeated Anthony Penoso Tuesday to become a circuit judge. Sharrit will replace retiring Brad Stetson when his term expires in January.

    Sharrit, 48, a partner at the Jacksonville law firm Terrell Hogan, had the endorsement of almost every elected public official in the area, including State Attorney Angela Corey, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.

    All the other judicial races in the 4th Judicial Circuit had incumbents running with no one opposing them.

    Sharrit signs have been visible throughout the three counties for months while Penoso, who runs his own law practice, only got a website and signs up in the last few weeks.

    He also raised over a hundred thousand dollars while Penoso, 55, raised less than $10,000.

    Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470

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