CLARK COUNTY — Clark County residents can expect a new chief prosecutor to be elected next year.
Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart has recently said that he will not seek reelection in the 2014 election.
Stewart has served as the prosecutor in Clark County since 1989 and is the longest-serving prosecuting attorney in the county’s history.
Those vying to fill his seat include Clark County Democratic Party chairman and attorney Bob Bottorff and Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, who is running as a Republican.
Mull, a Pekin area native, began his career as a prosecuting attorney in Clark County in 1999. His only time away from the Office of the Clark County Prosecutor in the past 14 years was during two tours working for the U.S. State Department as a legal advisor in Sudan and as a prosecution coordinator in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008.
In 2008, while in Afghanistan, Mull was contacted by Stewart and asked if he would accept the position of chief deputy prosecutor.
“I think Mr. Stewart just recognized that I have a devotion to being a prosecutor,” Mull said. “I work very hard at it. I am committed to it, and I have had a lot of success at prosecuting people that need sent away.”
For Mull, the next step is being elected prosecutor, a position, he says, he’s prepared to fill.
“I think the thing that most qualifies me for this position is experience,” he said. “I have obtained thousands of convictions over the years. And I have tried several high-level felony trials — murder, child molesting, high-level drug dealing, attempted murder, serious battery cases, bank robbery.”
Mull said his first goal as prosecutor would be confronting Clark County’s illegal drug activity.
“I have some specific strategies that I intend on implementing if I am elected. Number one, I am going to focus on taking down and sending to prison the high-level drug dealers in the community,” he said, “the ones that are selling the pills, the illegal drugs, and I intend on doing that by working with the different police departments to work our way up the chain of suppliers and really try to make a dent in the supply of drugs in our community.”