Villarreal pulls out win for Rock Island State’s Lawyer’s seat | Information – Native and Nationwide

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Democratic incumbent Dora Villarreal (left) is challenged by Republican Kathleen (right) on behalf of the Rock Island County Attorney General.

Rock Island County Prosecutor Dora Villarreal said Wednesday she was grateful for her election day victory.

Republican Kathleen Bailey was Villarreal’s challenger in the 2020 general election. For much of Tuesday night, Bailey was ahead of the game when election officials counted the votes cast that day. Villarreal later took the lead after election officials counted the ballots of those who voted early. That part of the count didn’t end until just before midnight.

“I am humble that I was elected to this post for four years,” said Villarreal.

Villarreal said there are a number of projects underway in her office that she would like to continue. They encompass more digitization; Implementation of a new case management system; and conduct court hearings via ZOOM video conference.

Villarreal was sworn in as interim prosecutor on July 1, 2019. She replaced John McGehee after he became a judge. Before that, she was a defense attorney in the county.

This was her first run for public office.

After the initial vote was counted, Villarreal had 33,861 – 52.39% – of the votes cast, according to the Rock Island County Clerk’s office. Bailey had 30,769 – 47.61% – of the votes cast.