CHARLESTON – Jesse Danley took an early lead in the Coles County District Attorney race on Tuesday, while Gail Mason also came out on top in a competitive Coles County Board race.
With 22 of the county’s 44 counties reporting at press time, Republican Danley had received 4,279 votes while Democrat Todd Reardon had received 2,149 votes.
Meanwhile, Mason, the Democratic candidate in County Board District 12, Charleston, had a head start on Republican Marvin Mirick. Mason had 228 votes to Mirick’s 162.
Danley was named district attorney in December 2018, after then-prosecutor Brian Bower was appointed judge.
Reardon has a law firm in Charleston and has made unsuccessful offers for the office in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
Mason and Mirick ran to replace Brian Marvin, a Republican not seeking re-election.
The district attorney’s election and the county board seat were the only races in the county for this year’s election.
Circuit Melissa Hurst and Coroner Ed Schniers won re-election in undisputed races for national offices.
In other boroughs in the district, newcomer Darrell Cox and current board members Travis Coffey, John Doty, Rick Shook, and Brandon Bell all won Republicans.