A Robinson man has announced his candidacy for Crawford County State's Attorney.
Cole Price Shaner said Friday he intends to run for the office in the March 17 Republican primary.
Shaner was born and raised in Crawford County and has more than nine years of experience in criminal law. He currently serves as the assistant state's attorney in both Crawford and Richland counties and previously was a public defender in Crawford and Wabash counties.
Shaner has years of trial experience, including multiple criminal jury trials and has helped put more than 100 criminals in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He said he takes pride in keeping Crawford County safe and holding criminals accountable. He has also developed a strong working relationship with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the County Sheriff's Office and local police departments.
He is a partner at the Law Firm of Shaner & Cha, Ltd. with his wife, Esther Cha.
Shaner attended college at the University of Illinois in Champaign and law school at Santa Clara University in California. After obtaining his law degree, Shaner was eager to move back to Crawford County to serve the community he loves.
He is an active community member, having spent years as the President of Crawford County Habitat for Humanity and member of the Robinson Elks Lodge.
Shaner is the son of Mark and Resa Shaner and Marcy Price. He is the grandson of E.H. "Spud" and Norma Price of Robinson, Illinois and Roy and Ann Shaner of Palestine. Both his father and maternal grandfather served as state's attorney in years past.
Shaner said Crawford County is a "truly great place to live," adding he is committed to keeping it a safe and secure community. If elected, he said he plans to vigorously protect Crawford County and provide equal justice for all.
Current state's attorney Matthew Hartrich, a Republican, recently announced his candidacy for circuit judge.
Candidacy petitions for the spring primaries can be picked up circulated beginning Sept. 3. The filing period will be in early December. Local offices that will be on the ballot include state's attorney, coroner and several county board seats.