November 7, 2012Community, NewsComments Off on O’Neal, Cain to take office Dec. 1
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.