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Stevens, Morrison receive Republican nods

Republican challenger Ronnie Stevens has won the GOP nomination for Fayette County sheriff, defeating incumbent Sheriff David Russell.

According to unofficial June 28 election results, with all 28 precincts reporting, Stevens secured 2,084 votes, or 49 percent, over Russell’s 1,616 (38 percent).

Stevens took an early lead and kept it throughout the night. With 19 precincts reporting, he was up 45 percent (804 votes) to Russell’s 721 (41 percent). At 24 precincts, the unofficial results showed Stevens up by more than 300 votes (1,352 to 1,040).

In another contested race, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison will advance as the GOP nominee for Circuit Court resident judge. Morrison garnered 1,973 votes, or 46 percent, while there were 1,621 votes cast (38 percent) for local attorney Troy Payne.

It was a close race from the first reporting precincts. After 19 precinct results, Payne had a razor-thin lead over Morrison, 744 votes to 728. Morrison expanded the lead as more ballots came in, earning 1,294 votes to Payne’s 1.029 when 24 precincts were reporting.

Judge Marc Kelly received 330 votes in an unopposed race for the Democratic nomination for the resident judge race.

In the other unopposed Republican office races, Jessica Barker received 3,376 votes (80 percent) for County Clerk and Recorder, Michelle Hagy collected 3,429 votes (81 percent) for County Treasurer and Cindy Lotz received 3,476 votes (82 percent).

Fayette County voters also cast 3,272 ballots for eventual Republican nominee for governor, Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell for lieutenant governor. For more information about the governor race, see the story on page 9A.

In the Republican nomination for the new 15th Congressional District, Fayette County favored Mary Miller over Rodney Davis, 2,844 votes (67 percent) to 874 (20 percent).

In a press release, Davis, R-Taylorville, congratulated Miller on her presumptive win, adding: ““It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Illinois. I’m proud of the work our team has done for our constituents since 2013. Helping citizens cut through red tape and navigate the federal bureaucracy has always been one of my top priorities.”