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County goes big for GOP Tuesday

Tuesday was again a big day for Republicans in Fayette County, with every GOP candidate on the ballot being the top vote-getter.

Also on Tuesday, Fayette County residents overwhelmingly opposed a change in the state’s income tax structure, with almost 80 percent voting against a progressive tax.
In the only contested local race, Republican Doug Knebel defeated Democrat Brian Holliday, 946-320, to win the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board. Knebel succeeds Republican Dean Bernhardt, who did not run for re-election.
The number of Democrats on the county board doubled, from one to two, with one seat still open after Tuesday’s election.
Since 2018, the Republicans have held a 13-1 majority. The GOP had a 12-2 majority after the 2016 election.
On Tuesday, Democrat Larry Emerick, a former board member and chairman, was elected to the District 3 seat currently held by Glen “Whitey” Daniels, who did not seek re-election.
Democrat Ashley Towler won the District 6 seat as a write-in candidate, garnering 229 votes. She succeeds Bryce Kistler, who did not seek re-election.
There were no candidates for the District 5 seat currently held by Darrell Schaal, the current vice chairman.
Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Jessica Barker, the county’s election official, said that seat will be filled
All four county officers up for re-election, all Republicans, were unopposed on Tuesday.
Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick and State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison were elected to their third terms.
David Harris, who was appointed coroner in June 2018, was elected to that post.
Jessica Barker, who was serving as the chief deputy clerk in the county clerk’s office and appointed county clerk in April of this year, was elected to that post.
In the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump received 8,025 votes to Democrat Joe Biden’s 1,630.
Republican Blaine Wilhour retained his 107th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, soundly defeating Democrat David Seiler, 12,460-5,155, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Fayette County Unofficial Vote Totals
Illinois Constitution Amendment
Income Tax Rates
Yes-1,630
No-8,078
President
Trump(R)-8,025
Biden(D)-1,185
Hawkins(Green)-36
La Riva(Socialism)-6
Carroll(Solidarity)-15
Jorgenson(L)-113
U.S. Senator
Curran(R)-7,563
Durbin(D)-2,100
Wilson(Wilson)-44
Black(Green)-65
Malour(Liber.)-117
U.S. Congress-15th Dist.
Miller(R)-7,940
Weaver(D)-1,868
State Rep.-107th Dist.
Wilhour(R)-8,193
Seiler(D)-1,709
Circuit Clerk
Emerick(R)-9,138
State’s Attorney
Morrison(R)-8,781
Coroner
Harris(R)-8,902
County Clerk
Barker(R)-9,054
COUNTY BOARD
District 1
Waggoner(R)-1,303
District 2
Hall(R)-1,309
District 3, 4 years
Emerick(D)-1,055
District 3, 2 years
Wehrle(R)-1,274
District 4
Knebel(R)-946
Holliday(D)-320
District 5
No candidates
District 6
Towler(D)-229
Write-in
District 7
Bartels(R)-1.294
Judge-Supreme Court
Overstreet(R)-7,786
Cates(D)-1,975
Judge-Appellate Court
Bone(R)-7,432
Smith(D)-2,226
Judicial Retention
Welch-Yes, 6,842; No, 2,047
Brandmeyer-Yes, 6,762; No,
Roberts-Yes, 6,696; No, 2,010
Siemer-Yes, 6,686; No, 2008
Tuesday was again a big day for Republicans in Fayette County, with every GOP candidate on the ballot being the top vote-getter.
Also on Tuesday, Fayette County residents overwhelmingly opposed a change in the state’s income tax structure, with almost 80 percent voting against a progressive tax.
In the only contested local race, Republican Doug Knebel defeated Democrat Brian Holliday, 946-320, to win the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board. Knebel succeeds Republican Dean Bernhardt, who did not run for re-election.
The number of Democrats on the county board doubled, from one to two, with one seat still open after Tuesday’s election.
Since 2018, the Republicans have held a 13-1 majority. The GOP had a 12-2 majority after the 2016 election.
On Tuesday, Democrat Larry Emerick, a former board member and chairman, was elected to the District 3 seat currently held by Glen “Whitey” Daniels, who did not seek re-election.
Democrat Ashley Towler won the District 6 seat as a write-in candidate, garnering 229 votes. She succeeds Bryce Kistler, who did not seek re-election.
There were no candidates for the District 5 seat currently held by Darrell Schaal, the current vice chairman.
Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Jessica Barker, the county’s election official, said that seat will be filled

All four county officers up for re-election, all Republicans, were unopposed on Tuesday.
Circuit Clerk Kathy Emerick and State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison were elected to their third terms.
David Harris, who was appointed coroner in June 2018, was elected to that post.
Jessica Barker, who was serving as the chief deputy clerk in the county clerk’s office and appointed county clerk in April of this year, was elected to that post.
In the presidential race, Republican Donald Trump received 8,025 votes to Democrat Joe Biden’s 1,630.
Republican Blaine Wilhour retained his 107th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, soundly defeating Democrat David Seiler, 12,460-5,155, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Fayette County Unofficial Vote Totals
Illinois Constitution Amendment
Income Tax Rates
Yes-1,630
No-8,078
President
Trump(R)-8,025
Biden(D)-1,185
Hawkins(Green)-36
La Riva(Socialism)-6
Carroll(Solidarity)-15
Jorgenson(L)-113
U.S. Senator
Curran(R)-7,563
Durbin(D)-2,100
Wilson(Wilson)-44
Black(Green)-65
Malour(Liber.)-117
U.S. Congress-15th Dist.
Miller(R)-7,940
Weaver(D)-1,868
State Rep.-107th Dist.
Wilhour(R)-8,193
Seiler(D)-1,709
Circuit Clerk
Emerick(R)-9,138
State’s Attorney
Morrison(R)-8,781
Coroner
Harris(R)-8,902
County Clerk
Barker(R)-9,054
COUNTY BOARD
District 1
Waggoner(R)-1,303
District 2
Hall(R)-1,309
District 3, 4 years
Emerick(D)-1,055
District 3, 2 years
Wehrle(R)-1,274
District 4
Knebel(R)-946
Holliday(D)-320
District 5
No candidates
District 6
Towler(D)-229
Write-in
District 7
Bartels(R)-1.294
Judge-Supreme Court
Overstreet(R)-7,786
Cates(D)-1,975
Judge-Appellate Court
Bone(R)-7,432
Smith(D)-2,226
Judicial Retention
Welch-Yes, 6,842; No, 2,047
Brandmeyer-Yes, 6,762; No,
Roberts-Yes, 6,696; No, 2,010
Siemer-Yes, 6,686; No, 2008
 

Leo Krueger, a Vandalia Community High School student who served as an election judge in Vandalia 5, directs a voter at the polling site in the Mother of Dolors Parish Center.

Doug Knebel

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