MADISON COUNTY — Ten-year county prosecutor Tom Gibbons announced on Friday that he will not seek reelection next year, and threw his support instead behind the campaign of his lead trial attorney.
Gibbons’ top assistant attorney, Crystal Uhe, announced on Wednesday that she is running for the position.
Gibbons, a Democrat from Edwardsville, was appointed county prosecutor in 2010 to replace William Mudge, who was elected as a judge in the 3rd Circuit Court. Gibbons won election in 2012 and was reelected in 2016.
He did not release details about his plans after 2020, but said he expected to make an official announcement at a later date.
“As many of you already know, I will not be running for State’s Attorney next year,” he said in a Facebook post. “I will be making an official announcement of my plans very soon — stay tuned.”
Gibbons endorsed Uhe and asked supporters to sign a petition for her to enter the 2020 race.
Uhe, who was named first assistant state’s attorney in March, has been an attorney with the county prosecutor’s office since 2007. She was named chief of the criminal division in 2015 and previously led the violent crimes unit and felony and misdemeanor divisions.
A lifelong resident of Madison County, Uhe holds a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law and a bachelor’s in psychology, with concentrations in criminology, criminal justice and political science from Southeast Missouri State University.
“As first assistant state’s attorney, Crystal has proven she is an outstanding attorney, law enforcement leader and a true champion for our community,” Gibbons said.
Before his appointment, Gibbons had served as an assistant state’s attorney handling felony trials and misdemeanor cases in Granite City, Madison, Pontoon and Venice. He also had a private practice in Edwardsville. He holds a master’s in public administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Gibbons comes from a family of attorneys. On his dad’s side, grandfather F. Ritchie Gibbons was an assistant U.S. attorney and Edwardsville city attorney. His other grandfather, John T. Reardon, was on the state appellate court.
Alton native and attorney Tom Haine, a Republican, has also announced his candidacy.