Clayton and Bryant battle for Marion Co. Prosecuting seat
HANNIBAL, MO —
The job of a Marion County Prosecutor is to protect law-abiding citizens and hold those who break the law accountable.
Voters will have the final say on the two candidates who both want to serve in that position.
Democrat incumbent David Clayton and republican challenger Luke Bryant both feel they have what it takes to serve the people of Marion County.
"I am the only candidate in this race that has 16 years of courtroom experience and 25 jury trials,” Clayton said. “That makes a big difference and so my experience in the courtroom is something that is very significant."
Bryant was not available for an on-camera interview, but supplied these statements.
"My experience as a law enforcement officer showed me first-hand how victims of violent crime truly suffer,” Bryant said. “That experience was gained in field, up close and in-person.”
Clayton has served as Marion County Prosecutor since 2014. Bryant has a history in law enforcement serving at Marion County Deputy Sheriff.
If elected, Bryant said, “I'm certainly going to open a line of communication between the prosecuting attorney's office and both law enforcement and the community as a whole that has not been experienced in the past.”
"We want to continue working closely with law enforcement, we want to continue helping victims and working with victim advocacy services. We want to pursue harsh penalties for those who hurt children, seniors and women. Finally, help people that are early afflicted with drug addiction and mental health to get them help,” Clayton concluded.
KHQA also asked both candidates about their solution to the drug epidemic that's taken the community and country by storm.
Both agreed it starts with education, especially with younger generations.