CHARLESTON — Two candidates are trading remarks about ethics and touting experience in the race for Coles County state’s attorney.
Republican and current officer-holder Jesse Danley faces Democrat and now four-time candidate Todd Reardon in the Nov. 3 election.
Danley was appointed to the position in December 2018 after then-State’s Attorney Brian Bower was appointed to a judge position. Reardon has a Charleston law practice and made unsuccessful bids for the office in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
“You’ve got to give people a choice,” Reardon said of his decision to run for the office again. “I’m not a sideline critic.”
On the issue of experience, Reardon said he feels his work in different counties has provided him a chance to learn from other systems. Danley has only worked in Coles County, as an assistant state’s attorney and assistant public defender, before becoming state’s attorney, he said.
Danley said there’s “no question” that Reardon has been practicing law longer but he has “infinitely more” experience as a prosecutor. The lack of time in other counties is “irrelevant” because the state’s attorney’s duties are in only one county, Danley said.