CHARLESTON – Two candidates exchange ethical comments and gain experience in the Coles County prosecutor's race.
Republican and current officer Jesse Danley will face Democrat and now four-time candidate Todd Reardon in the November 3rd election.
Danley was appointed to the position in December 2018 after then prosecutor Brian Bower was appointed to a judge's position. Reardon has a law firm in Charleston and has made unsuccessful offers for the office in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
"You have to give people a choice," Reardon said of his decision to run again for the office. "I'm not a minor critic."
Regarding the experience, Reardon said he felt that his work in different countries had given him the opportunity to learn from other systems. Danley only worked as a prosecutor and assistant defense attorney in Coles County before becoming a prosecutor, he said.
Danley said there was "no question" that Reardon had been a lawyer longer, but that he had "infinitely more" experience as a prosecutor. The lack of time in other counties is "irrelevant" since the prosecutor's duties are only in one county, Danley said.