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HudspethFieldsLeft: John Hudspeth; right: David Fields    The current state’s attorney of Clinton County announced on Monday he will not seek re-election, while a seated assistant has announced his intention to run for that top office.
    John Hudspeth issued a statement Monday morning that he would not seek to retain his seat in the 2020 general election, a position he has held since December 2008.
    Hudspeth said, “It has been my privilege to serve the residents of Clinton County as their state’s attorney for the last 11 years. My current term in office will expire following the 2020 general election and I will not be a candidate for re-election. At this point in my life, I look forward to having more time for recreational pursuits and spending more time with my family.”
    Reached by phone on Monday, Hudspeth said he did not want to add any more to his statement, other than, “I think I said what I need to say; it’s time to relax a little more. No one’s epitaph said ‘I wish I worked more.’”
    David Fields, an assistant state’s attorney serving under Hudspeth, announced on Monday his intention to run for Hudspeth’s office, seeking the Republican nomination in the 2020 general election.
    An Illinois State University graduate, Fields obtained his law degree from Southern Illinois University. He has been with the Clinton County State’s Attorney’s office since 2015.
    “My dad was a police officer for close to 30 years, having retired as captain of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, so having the chance to serve the public has always been a goal of mine. Becoming state’s attorney is the opportunity I have aspired to since I started law school,” Fields said.
    Fields is a career prosecutor, having interned at the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and then working as an assistant state’s attorney in the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
    “My entire legal career has been spent representing the state of Illinois, and I have gained a tremendous amount of experience, having done so for the past 10 years,” Fields said.
    In his current position, Fields has had the chance to handle each and every responsibility bestowed upon the Clinton County State’s Attorney.
    “We are not a large office, so you have to be prepared to handle every matter, from a traffic violation to a juvenile neglect case to a felony drug case. That is why I believe the knowledge I have gained in this office is so valuable,” Fields said.
    Fields lives in Damiansville with his wife and three children. He said he believes the role of state’s attorney provides a unique opportunity to protect and serve the residents of Clinton County.
    “We chose to make Clinton County our home and to raise our children here. Each day I am thankful to practice law in an outstanding courthouse facility and to work with some of the finest law enforcement in the state,” Fields said. “I am dedicated to this work and this community, and I believe that I am the best and most qualified candidate to be the next state’s attorney for the people of Clinton County.”

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