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O’Neal, Cain to take office Dec. 1

Goreville resident Joy Jones (left) laughs at the prospect of appearing in the Gazette as Louis Mechling hands her a ballot Tuesday morning in the Village Hall Council Room where precinct one voters were waiting in line before the polls even opened. According to precinct officials, more than 300 voters casts their ballots before 9 a.m. Tuesday as Illinois residents were already setting records for voting early, some speculated Election Day turnout would surpass expectations.

With 100-percent of Johnson County precincts reporting before 9 p.m. Tuesday night, local general election unofficial results unseated States Attorney Tricia Shelton and pushed through Ryan O’Neal as Circuit Clerk.

Turnout for Johnson County’s 17 precincts was a few points behind its last general elections with 70.35-percent of its 8,172 registered voters casting their ballots compared to 75.13-percent in 2008.

“Even with the few complications we had the elections returns went smooth and I commend all the election judges on the work they did all day,” said Johnson County Clerk/Recorder and Election Authority Robin Harper-Whitehead after the results were in. Previous predictions had put Johnson County on par with the rest of Illinois where early and absentee voting saw an increase over 2008.

In the race for Circuit Clerk, Ryan O’Neal (R) garnered more than half the vote with 62.48-percent to Jennifer Pritchett’s (D) 37.52-percent. O’Neal said he was pleased with the turnout and the results, adding that he was proud of the campaign both he and Pritchett ran as they both kept it very positive.

The numbers were closer in the State Attorney race where Tambra Cain (R) recorded 53.67-percent of the vote to Tricia Shelton’s (D) 46.33-percent.

Both Cain and O’Neal will join elected County Coroner David Rockwell (R), who ran unopposed, and County Commissioner Ernie Henshaw (R), who also ran unopposed, in taking office the first of December.

Johnson County clearly rejected any changes to the Illinois State Constitution voting 61.64-percent against an amendment proposal that would require a three-fifths vote to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system.

Illinois State Senator and Representative Gary Forby and Brandon Phelps, respectively, both retain their seats if Johnson County is any indicator as Forby (D) recorded 53.07-percent of the vote against opponent Mark Minor (R) who recorded 46.93-percent of the vote. Phelps (D) is sure to retain his seat as he ran unopposed.

On the National scene, which at press time Tuesday night was still too close to call, Johnson County favored Republican candidate Mitt Romney by more than double as the Romney/Ryan ticket recorded 69.59-precent of the vote to President Obama’s (D) 27.61-percent.

In the Congressional race for the newly drawn 15th district, Representative John Shimkus (R) defeated democratic congressional candidate Angela Michael by nearly two-to-one vote recording 74.64-percent of the vote to her 25.36-percent.

Summary Report Source: Johnson County Election Authority

Election Summary Report
Johnson County, IL
General Election
November 6, 2012
Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races

11/06/12
20:51:09
Registered Voters 8172 – Cards Cast 5749 70.35% Num. Report Precinct 18 – Num. Reporting 18 100.00%
CONSTITUTION AMEND
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4885

YES 1874 38.36%
NO 3011 61.64%
PRESIDENT / VICE PRESIDENT
Total
Number of Precincts 18
Precincts Reporting 18 100.0 %
Times Counted 5749/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5689

OBAMA/BIDEN D 1571 27.61%
ROMNEY/RYAN R 3959 69.59%
JOHNSON/GRAY LIB 87 1.53%
STEIN/HAWKINS G 49 0.86%
Write-in Votes 23 0.40%
D15 CONGRESS
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5749/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5524

ANGELA MICHAEL D 1401 25.36%
JOHN SHIMKUS R 4123 74.64%
D59 STATE SENATE
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5642

GARY FORBY D 2994 53.07%
MARK MINOR R 2648 46.93%
D118 REPRESENTATIVE
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4419

BRANDON PHELPS D 4419 100.00%
CIRCUIT CLERK
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5603

JENNIFER PRITCHETT D 2102 37.52%
RYAN O NEAL R 3501 62.48%
CORONER
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4743

DAVID ROCKWELL R 4743 100.00%
STATES ATTORNEY
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5592

TRICIA SHELTON D 2591 46.33%
TAMBRA CAIN R 3001 53.67%
CNTY COMMISSIONER
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4421

ERNIE HENSHAW R 4421 100.00%
D5 APPELLATE COURT
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 5286

JUDY CATES D 2189 41.41%
STEPHEN McGLYNN R 3097 58.59%
RETAIN CHAPMAN
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4755

YES 3439 72.32%
NO 1316 27.68%
RETAIN CLARKE
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4769

YES 3442 72.17%
NO 1327 27.83%
RETAIN BOIE
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4735

YES 3346 70.67%
NO 1389 29.33%
RETAIN BLEYER
Total
Number of Precincts 17
Precincts Reporting 17 100.0 %
Times Counted 5748/8172 70.3 %
Total Votes 4726

YES 3407 72.09%
NO 1319 27.91%

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