PAXTON — Attorneys Andrew Killian and Lance Cagle are vying in Tuesday's primary election to become the next Ford County state's attorney.
In another contested race, incumbent Circuit Clerk Kim Evans faces a challenge from newcomer Suzanne "Suzie" Shell.
All four candidates are seeking Republican nominations in their races.
All other county-level races in Ford County are uncontested.
State's Attorney Randy Yedinak of Pontiac did not seek did election in Ford County because he has filed as a candidate in Livingston County. Yedinak was appointed in June 2014 to replace Matt Fitton, who vacated the office to become a circuit judge.
Cagle, 45, is a defense attorney with 10 years of criminal law experience. The lifelong Fisher resident owns Lance Cagle Law Office in Paxton. The firm concentrates in criminal defense, DUI, traffic law and family law. Cagle has not sought an elected office before.
Killian, 40, of Gibson City has been an attorney for 14 years. He served as an assistant state's attorney for DeWitt County from 2003 to 2008. Since 2010, he has worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services,where he is an associate deputy general counsel supervising legal services for DCFS in 49 counties in central Illinois. He ran unsuccessfully in 2008 for DeWitt County state's attorney.
Shell, 46, of Paxton is a chief deputy clerk for the Ford County Probation and Court Services Department. She previously worked in customer service for AT&T for 13 years. She is a Paxton High School graduate and later completed her bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Evans, 58, of Paxton, who has worked for the circuit clerk's office since May 1982, was first elected to the office in 2008 when she was chief deputy clerk. She ran unopposed in the 2012 general election.