In the Republican race for Boone County State’s Attorney, challenger Tricia L. Smith upset two-term incumbent Michele Courier by nearly six percentage points.
Courier ran on her record of convictions and pursuing gang members in the county.
Smith cited her experience as a Rockford police officer, a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney as well as civil court experience.
It is the first time in Boone County history that two women have faced each other to be the county’s top prosecutor. No Democratic candidates have filed.