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Danley, Reardon vies for Coles County attorney – Journal Gazette and Instances-Courier

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.

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