New candidate enters State’s Attorney race

By Kelly Bauer

Sycamore resident Sean Smith entered the race Wednesday for DeKalb County State’s Attorney seat.

Clay Campbell is the current DeKalb County State’s Attorney. He was elected in 2010 and ran on a platform of cutting taxes and reducing bureaucracy, according to his campaign website.

Smith said he chose to run for DeKalb County State’s Attorney because he does not believe Campbell fulfilled those campaign promises.

“[Campbell] is now asking the county board for more money for a new hire,” Smith said. “He put the county in a predicament.”

Currently, Smith serves as a partner and president of the law firm Smith, Wykes & Oncken, P.C., 513 W. State St. in Sycamore. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science-international relations from NIU. Smith said if he were elected, he would expand outreach efforts to the county’s youth.

“I think there’s been a breakdown of communication between the state’s attorney and many of our elected officials,” Smith said. “The state’s attorney has to be

a leader.”