The Bond County primary election brought in 13 percent of the county’s registered voters with 1,579 votes cast. Those numbers include the 195 early and absentee voters.
In a close race for the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn won Bond County with 227 votes over Tio Hardiman, who received 208 votes. Ann E. Callis won the Democrat vote for the 13th Congressional District, receiving over 72 percent of the votes over George Gollin and David L. Green.
On the Republican ticket, Kirk Dillard and Jil Tracy won the race for governor and lieutenant governor spots in Bond County with over 41 percent of the votes and James D. Oberweis won U.S. Senate race over Douglas Lee Truax by over 400 votes. For the 13th Congressional District, Rodney Davis had a clear win, receiving over 69 percent of votes.
Incumbents County Clerk Randy Reitz, County Treasurer Katie Weiss, and Sheriff Jeff Brown will seek re-election. Brown is a Republican and Reitz and Weiss are Democrats.
For county board seats, incumbent Democrats Gerald “Spanky” McCray, Wes Pourchot, and Howard Elmore are running for re-election. A Republican, Vance Daniken, will run against Spanky McCray in the November election for the County Board Number 2 seat.
Those seeking election or re-election for Precinct Committee positions include Republicans Edwin Glen Bowen for Pleasant Mound 1, Douglas Marti for Central 1, Barb Kirkman for Central 2, Carol Lingley for Central 5, Thomas Qualls for Central 6, Colleen Camp for Central 7, and Carl Gaffner for LaGrange 1.
Democrats running for Precinct Committee positions are Frank Lucco in Burgess 1, Steven Weiss in Burgess 2, and Dan Sidwell in Old Ripley.
Bond County citizens also weighed in on referendums Tuesday, including whether the county and townships should have the authority to arrange for electrical supply for residential and small commercial retail customers who do not reside in an incorporated municipality. That energy proposition in Bond County failed with 420 “no” votes and 360 “yes” votes. In Sorento, the proposition passed with 31 “yes” votes and 29 “no” votes and in Mulberry Grove, the proposition also passed with 34 voting “yes” and 23 voting “no”.
Those who live in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District voted against increasing the maximum allowable tax rate within the district with 492 “no” votes and 397 “yes” votes. Voters in the Shoal Creek Fire Protection district live in Bond and Montgomery Counties.
*These election results are unofficial until they’ve been canvassed next week.