As District Attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit (composed of Decatur, Grady, Mitchell, Baker, and Calhoun counties), Joe Mulholland came to office four years ago after a last minute registration allowed him to run unopposed when the then D.A. surprised everyone and withdrew his name for reelection. At that time, Mulholland had been a member of the Georgia Bar for only about three years. Yes, the chief prosecutor for that chunk of Georgia had only been an attorney for around 1,000 days.
Flash forward four years and it’s time for Mulholland (a Democrat) to throw his hat into the ring for another election. But, interestingly, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Cleveland has also done so, as a Republican. As the Post-Searchlight of Bainbridge notes,
Cleveland, 36, A graduate of Brigham Young University, […] received a master’s degree in public administration in 1999 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University School of Law, Macon, in 2005. [emphasis added]
So Mulholland, who continues to literally learn on the job, is being challenged by someone who also, as he qualifies to run for the first time, has himself only been an attorney for around 1,000 days.
Is there no attorney with more than a few years of experience who is willing to run for District Attorney there?