Hammond beats Griffith for 93rd State Rep. District

MACOMB — The March 20 primary served as the culmination of several crucial campaigns on the local and state levels.
Nicholas Petitgout has been elected to be the Republican candidate for McDonough County Sheriff. No Democratic candidate has been running up to the primary. Unless the Democrats name a challenger for the office by the June 4 deadline, Petitgout will be sheriff-elect until Sheriff Rick VanBrooker completes the remainder of his term.
Under 10 ILCS 5/7-61,8-17 the established party managing committee can appoint someone to fill a vacancy when no candidate was nominated at the primary election.
June 18 is the deadline to create a new party and to file as an independent.
“I’m thankful, I’m humble; I’m honored. I’ve worked hard to get here. You all mean a lot to me. My wife has persevered probably more than any of us,” Petitgout said to those present at his election watch party at Magnolia’s.
“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. What I take away from all this is that I showed my boys that if you work hard you can get whatever you want.”
In other contested party primaries, incumbent Norine Hammond faced Joshua Griffith for the Republican ticket heading toward the November General Election. Hammond beat Griffith 53.83 percent to 46.17 percent according to unofficial figures.
“I am very grateful, certainly, and very relieved that it’s over with,” Hammond told the Voice. “More importantly, we have a lot of work yet to do. This was a primary; not a general. So, we have that to look forward to and to work on. In the meantime we need to concentrate on the state of Illinois and going into full swing in the legislative session.”
Hammond will face Democratic candidate John Curtis of Macomb for the 93rd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. Curtis was unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot.
State Sen. Jil Tracy, 47th Senatorial District, continues on. She was unopposed. Kurt Fowler, a teacher in the Monmouth-Roseville School District, was a write-in hopeful on the Democratic ballot.
He needed to receive 1,000 votes to get the nod from the voters for the general election. The total number received will be reported as soon as it is available.
Gov. Bruce Rauner with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti overtook Rep. Jeanne Ives and Rich Morthland in the Republican primary for governor. According to the Associated Press, Rauner stated, “"We are in a critical time, a critical turning point in Illinois," Rauner told supporters. "I am humbled by this victory. You have given me a chance to win the battle against corruption that plagues Illinois."
J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic primary over Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall.
Both parties had more than one candidate in the primary for 18th Congressional District. Incumbent Darin LaHood was challenged by Donald Rients. LaHood won a decisive victory.
Junius Rodriguez, Brian Deters and Darrel Miller were on the Democrat ballot for the 18th District. As of midnight, Associated Press had Rodriguez at 14,938 votes, Deters at 14,127 and Miller at 6,720.
For the state office of attorney general, Erika Harold beat Gary Grasso on the Republican ballot.
On the Democratic ballot, former governor Pat Quinn faced Renato Mariotti, Scott Drury, Nancy Notering, Kwame Raoul, Jesse Ruiz, Sharon Fairley and Aaron Goldstein. Raoul won the Democratic primary.
Republican Jason Helland and Democratic incumbent Jesse White move on to the general election for secretary of state. Republican Darlene Senger and Democratic incumbent Susana Mendoza move on to the general election for comptroller. Republican Jim Dodge and Democratic incumbent Michael Frerichs move on for state treasurer as both were unopposed on their respective party ballots.

County Elections

Republican
County Clerk — Gretchen DeJaynes
County Treasurer - Angela Graves
Fulton-Hancock-McDonough-Schuyler Education Superintendent - John Meixner
Henderson-Knox-Mercer-Warren Education Superintendent - Jodi Scott
County Board District 1 - Larry Aurelio and Wm. Digger Oster
County Board District 1 Unex - Ronald Bricker and Jerry Cremer
County Board District 2 - Joel Erlandson, Travis Hiel and Trevor Toland
County Board District 3 - Marcia Twaddle, George Dixon and Terra Litchfield
Bethel Committeeman - Beth Jameson
Blandinsville Committeeman - Roxanne Mason
Bushnell 1 Committeeman - Ken McClintock
Bushnell 2 Committeeman - Clayton Murphy
Chalmers Committeeman - Cathie Bunch
Colchester Committeeman - Christine Myers
Eldorado Committeeman - Kelley O’Hern
Emmet Committeeman - Mary Brookhart
Hire Committeeman - Tresa Hunt
Lamoine Committeeman - Brad Hopping
Macomb City 2 Committeeman - Robert Anstine
Macomb City 4 Committeeman - Stacey Alexander
Macomb City 5 Committeeman - Eric Jameson
Macomb City 6 Committeeman - A. Myers Jefferson
Macomb City 7 Committeeman - Brady Smith
Macomb City 9 Committeeman - Matt Kwacala
Macomb City 10 Committeeman - Gwynne Worthington
Macomb City 11 Committeeman - J.P. McLaughlin
Macomb Township Committeeman - Angela Graves
Mount Committeeman - Marcus Hess
New Salem Committeeman - Megan Pittman Wurth
Prairie City Committeeman - Bridjet Blout
Sciota Committeeman - Trent E. Barkley
Scotland Committeeman - C. Malcolm Patrick
Walnut Grove Committeeman - Lorraine Crawford

Democrat
D18 St. Comm. Woman - Shirley A. McCombs
D18 St. Comm. Man - William Houlihan
County Board District 1 - Lee Calvert, Tessa Pfafman and Craig Burns
County Board District 1 Unex - Jennifer Hemingway and Michael Kirby
County Board District 2 - Bob Smith, Chase DeWitt and Shirley Camp
County Board District 3 - Tammie Brown Edwards, J. Shoemaker-Galloway and Jarad Huffman
Blandinsville Committeeman - Robert Zellman
Bushnell 1 Committeeman - Selina Mannion
Colchester Committeeman - Sue Marshall
Eldorado Committeeman - Lee Trotter
Emmet Committeeman - Dick Marcott
Industry Committeeman - Beverly Lawyer
Macomb City 1 Committeeman - Heather McMeekan
Macomb City 2 Committeeman - Anne Burton
Macomb City 3 Committeeman - Tyeasha Johnson
Macomb City 4 Committeeman - Belinda Carr
Macomb City 5 Committeeman - Dana Walker
Macomb City 6 Committeeman - Write-in
Macomb City 7 Committeeman - Rod Walkley
Macomb City 8 Committeeman - Jarad Huffman
Macomb City 9 Committeeman - Kerry D. Nielsen
Macomb City 10 Committeeman - Martha S. Klems
Macomb City 11 Committeeman - Daniel E. Glenn
Macomb City 12 Committeeman - J. Shoemaker-Galloway
Macomb Township Committeeman - Anna L. Galbraith
New Salem Committeeman - Robert Smith
Sciota Committeeman - Mary F. Radosh
Walnut Grove Committeeman - Gary Morrell

Industry Township Cemetery Proposition
*Shall the Industry Township levy a tax for the control and maintenance of and the purchase of land and construction of necessary buildings for the cemeteries controlled, managed and owned by Industry Township?

Yes 64.84
No  35.16

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