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Billy Coenen drew no opposition in his bid for a 5th term as 5th Judicial District Attorney, despite a federal indictment for fraud and conspiracy.
Coenen, who has served as district attorney for 24 years, attributed his reelection to the performance of the district attorney's office.
"I think the fact that we've done a good job the last term was evident by the fact that I did not have an opponent," Coenen said. "It shows that not only the people but the legal community are happy with the job we've done."
Coenen said he will continue to focus on the numerous issues facing the 5th Judicial District, including juvenile court matters, violent crimes and dealing with repeat offenders.
Conen also said he would continue working to improve non-support courts and would assist law enforcement on drug cases.
Coenen pointed regional drug statistics as one area where law enforcement and the judicial system have made significant improvements.
While many districts have seen a spike in drug-related crimes, Coenen said statistics in the 5th District showed a decline during the last six years.
"Our recent stats have shown that a lot of drug dealers have been taken off the streets in my district, thanks to the good job law enforcement is doing to bring these people to us and into the courtroom," Coenen said. "We're going to continue to prosecute these types of cases."
Coenen has served as district attorney for 4 consecutive terms. Prior to his election as district attorney, Coenen spent four years as an assistant prosecutor in the 5th District.