Sheriff Jolley on way to re-election

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley appeared headed to victory Tuesday in his Tuesday bid for re-election, but with 7,217 early, advance and absentee ballots still to be counted late Tuesday night, the contest still was not decided.

Jolley was leading led Hamilton Police Chief Dan Colberg 5,554 to 1,855, after all 12 election-day precincts had been counted.

Several other incumbents in Harris County also were holding held substantial leads at press time. Chief Magistrate Jennifer B. Webb had 4,978 votes to 1,505 for challenger Dayna Solomon Willoughby, a former state probation officer.

For the District 4 Harris County Commission seat, incumbent and chairman Harry Lange had 902 votes to 268 for Jim Kelly. Both are from Cataula.

In commission District 5, incumbent Joey Loudermilk maintained a substantial lead with 1,170 votes to 637 for businessman and former Waverly Hall Mayor Ben Reeves.

In the Harris County School Board District 4 contest, retired Pine Ridge Elementary School principal Dan Trotter had 586 votes to 483 for Mike Dickson, a bank finance officer for a bank.

Of the votes that remained to be counted late Tuesday, 853 were absentee paper ballots, an election official said.