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With only one local candidate on the ballot involved in contested race, the main attraction in Tuesday’s election for Fayette County voters was the input in regional and statewide races.
And because most of the local candidates were running unopposed, many county residents decided not to go to the polls. According to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, only about 12 percent of the county’s registered voters turned out for the primary election.
The county officeholders whose terms expire this year all ran unchallenged on Tuesday.
Braun, a Democrat, received 966 votes, and County Treasurer Rose Hoover, also a Democrat, received 946 votes.
Sheriff Aaron Lay, a Republican, received 1,657 votes, and Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz, also a Republican, received 1,637 votes.
Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Drone, a Democrat, received 718 votes.
All five of those county officials seeking re-election currently have no opposition for the general election in November.
Candidates running for the seven seats on the Fayette County Board also ran unopposed on Tuesday.
The vote totals for the candidates advancing to the general election are: District 1, Loy Staff, Democrat, 131 votes; District 2, Jeffrey E. Beckman, Republican, 202; District 3, Glen Daniels, Democrat, 131; District 4, Dean Bernhardt, Republican, 239; District 5, Darrell Schaal, Republican, 321; District 6, Glenn L. Gurtner, Republican, 241; and District 7, Blaine J. Wilhour, Republican, 251.
Staff, Beckman, Daniels, Bernhardt, Schaal and Wilhour are seeking re-election. Gurtner is running for the seat currently held by Greg Fulk, a Republican.
All seven candidates currently have no opposition in the general election in November.
In Farina, residents went to the polls to determine whether the village would continue to prohibit the sale of alcohol. The prohibition was ended with a 135-54 vote.
The only local contested race was for the Democratic nomination for the Fourth Judicial Circuit judge’s race in November.
In that race, Michelle Coady of Taylorville won the party nomination with 6,598 votes. Stewart Freeman of Breese finished second with 6,113, and Stephen Friedel, Fayette County’s state’s attorney, received 2,934 votes.
In Fayette County, Friedel led with 522 votes, followed by Freeman with 249 and Coady with 179.
Coady will square off against Douglas Jarman of Hillsboro, a Republican who was appointed to that judicial seat following the retirement of John Coady of Taylorville alst year. Jarman received 1,494 votes on Tuesday.
The unofficial vote totals in Fayette County follow.
Jacob J. Meister-26
Patrick J. Hughes-382
LeAlan M. Jones-15
Scott Lee Cohen-232
Thomas M. Castillo-191
Randy White Sr.-89
Don W. Crawford-17
David F. Black-14
SECRETARY OF STATE
S. Raja Krishnamoorthi-99
Judy Baar Topinka-1045
William J. Kelly-395
R. Erika Schafer-14
Scott K. Summers-14
U.S. CONGRESS-19th DISTRICT
STATE SENATOR-51st DISTRICT
STATE REP.-102nd DISTRICT
Avena 1-Fleeta Guffey-44
Hurricane 1-Ben O. Davidson-10
S. Hurricane 1-Sharon Williams-23
Kaskaskia 1-Estelle Davis-11
Otego 2-Bruce W. Hall-37
Ramsey 2-James S. Bolyard-50
Sefton 1-Ronald Howard-36
Vandalia 1-K. Randal Braun-16
Vandalia 2-Courtney Scott-16 (write-in)
Vandalia 5-Charles E. Ruot-14
Vandalia 6-Ken Kessler-40
Vandalia 7-Brian Donnals-41
Vandalia 8-Glen “Whitey’ Daniels-58
Wheatland 1-Denise Stein-15 (write-in)
There were no Democrat candidates in precincts Avena 2, Bear Grove 1, Bowling Green 1, Carson 1, LaClede 1, LaClede 2, Lone Grove 1, Loudon 1, Otego 1, Pope 1, Ramsey 1, Seminary 1, Sharon 1, Vandalia 3, Vandalia 4, Vandalia 9, Wheatland 1 and Wilberton 1.
Avena 2-Bruce H. Albright-64
Bear Grove 1-Scott Workman-46
Hurricane 1-Martha Rosenberger-20
Otego 2-Michael Black-61
Ramsey 1-Timothy J. Pryor-50
Sefton 1-Mark E. Schaub-64
Shafter 1-Matt Hall-45
Vandalia 1-Dan Palecek-38
Vandalia 4-Michael J. Hall-41
Vandalia 6-Randal “Chad” Feldpouch-76
Vandalia 7-Harold Baumann-121
Vandalia 8-Randy Pollard-82
Wheatland 1-Bradley K. Stein-35
There were no Republican candidates in precincts Avena 1, Bowling Green 1, Carson 1, South Hurricane 1, Kaskaskia 1, LaClede 1, LaClede 2, Lone Grove 1, Loudon 1, Otego 1, Pope 1, Ramsey 2, Seminary 1, Sharon 1, Vandalia 2, Vandalia 3, Vandalia 5, Vandalia 9 and Wilbeton 1.
Avena 1-Don Crawford-4