County keeps incumbent state’s attorney

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MACON COUNTY — A nail-biter race was for the county’s state’s attorney.

It was a close call, but voters decided to stick with the man they have now. Incumbent Jay Scott and Republican challenger Daniel Hassinger were neck-and-neck the whole night.

Of the 47,000 people who voted in the race, 49% went with Hassinger, but Scott finished out Election Day with 51%. He says it was a toss-up until about 10:30 pm, when the last precinct came in.

Scott was first elected to the office in 2012. The margin wasn’t as close in that race.

Before that, he was an assistant state’s attorney for 24-years. He says he’s glad the election is over and he’s ready to hit the ground running.

His campaign says, since becoming state’s attorney, the office’s felony jury trial conviction rate has increased 29% and its felony sex crimes conviction rate by 203%. He’ll be up for re-election in 2020.

The race for Champaign County state’s attorney wasn’t as close. Incumbent Julia Rietz defeated Republican challenger George Vargas 57 to 43%. She’s held the office since 2004.

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