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Tuesday's general election features a number of races

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

In five days, Fayette County voters will go to the polls to cast ballots on a number of local, state and federal races.
Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, and grace period and early voting continues at the Fayette County Courthouse through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In-person absentee voting continues at the courthouse through 4 p.m. on Monday.
At the top of Tuesday’s general election ballot is the presidential race, which pits incumbent Democrat Barack Obama against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Also on the presidential ballot are Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
In the newly formed 15th Congressional District, Republican incumbent John Shimkus is being challenged by Democrat Angel Michael.
Incumbent Republican Kyle McCarter faces Democrat Danny Stover in the Illinois Senate’s newly formed 54th District.
Incumbent John Cavaletto is unopposed in the Illinois House’s new 107th District.
Fayette County’s ballot features races for state’s attorney and circuit clerk, and residents in Fayette County Board District 6 will pick from three candidates in filling two seats.
In the state’s attorney’s race, Democrat J. Matthew “Matt” Chancey, the current assistant state’s attorney for this county, is squaring off against Joshua Morrison, a Pana native who is currently serving as an assistant state’s attorney in Sangamon County.
In the race for circuit clerk, incumbent Democrat Mary Sue Ruot is facing Republican Kathy Emerick.
The current coroner, Republican Bruce Bowen, and regional superintendent of schools, Democrat Julie Wollerman, are both running unopposed on Tuesday.
Fayette County residents will fill all 14 seats on the county board, two in each of the seven districts.
The only race on Tuesday is in District 6, where the two incumbents, Republican Glenn Gurtner and Democrat Joe Kelly, are joined by Bryce Kelly.
Other county board candidates, all incumbents are as follows:
• District 1 – Democrats Jean Finley and Loy Staff.
• District 2 – Republican Jeff Beckman and Democrat John Daniels Jr.
• District 3 – Republican Steve Knebel, the current board chairman, and Democrat Glen “Whitey” Daniels.
• District 4 – Republicans Dean Bernhardt and John Blythe.
• District 5 – Republicans Darrell Schaal and Keith Cole
• District 7 – Republicans Wade Wilhour and Troy Pattillo.