Pritzker wins, but not here

New governor did not carry Stark, Knox Counties

By Jeff Lampe

TOULON – After spending months campaigning, JB Pritzker needed to wait less than at hour after polls closed Tuesday night to celebrate his election as Illinois governor.

But while Democrat Pritzker easily defeated incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, with 53.9 percent of the statewide vote to Rauner’s 39.3 percent, the new governor did not fare as well in local counties. Rauner collected 59.8 percent of the 2,091 votes cast in Stark County’s nine precincts. Pritzker had just 28.7 percent of the vote, while Conservative Sam McCann was at 6.45 percent and Libertarian Kash Jackson had 4.9 percent.
Rauner also carried Knox County, 53.6 percent to 36 percent for Pritzker.

Stark County’s voting was similar for other statewide races. The only Democrat to win here was Jesse White, who gained 49.3 percent of the vote for Secretary of State to 47 percent for Republican Jason Helland. Other races in Stark County saw Erika Harold (68.9 percent) easily outpace Attorney General winner Kwame Raoul (27.6); Darlene Senger (61.1) topped Comptroller winner Susana A. Mendoza (34.48); and Jim Dodge (62.43) defeated Treasurer winner Michael Frerichs (32.9).

Stark County did not have any contested local races, but several familiar politicians did win their races.
Heather Hollis had 1,826 votes to become the County Clerk, Paula Leezer had 1,818 votes to win as County Treasurer, Steven V. Sloan racked up 1,879 votes as County Sheriff, Angela Zarvell won as Regional Superintendent of Schools with 1,754 votes and Bruce Fehrenbacher had 1,830 votes as Circuit Court Judge for the 10th Circuit, Stark County.

There were no contested races for county board. Elected were: District 2 – Robin Nowlan (831 votes) and Alan Curry (759); District 1 (2-year term) – Cynthia Eberle (776); District 1 (4-year term) – Kari Bush (658) and J. Thomas Howes (429).

Voter turnout was solid in Stark County, with 51.09 percent of 4,093 voters in nine precincts casting a ballot.

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