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By BETH ZUMWALT
Turnout was heavier in Scott than in some counties, no doubt, due to the race for commissioner and the three referendums on the ballot.
Newcomer John Simmons upset incumbent Danny Hatcher for the lone seat open on the Scott County Board of Commissioners.Simmons collected 484 votes to Hatcher’s 271 and Steven D. Grubb, a third Republican candidate who had 211 votes.
There was no Democratic candidate, so unless the Dems place a candidate on the ballot before July 18, Simmons will be the new commissioner.
All three referendums on the ballot passed, including the long-debated creation of a special service area to finance the ambulance service. The non-binding referendum passed 525 votes in favor to 383 opposed.
The vote was advisory only and the board of commissioners will make the final decision on whether to levy a tax.
The road district #2, which is the Alsey area, was asking for more money for improvements to the roads. The tax had not been raised in years. Voters passed the resolution, 49-35.
Voters overwhelmingly voted for a one percent increase in the nursing home tax. Totals 789 for, 312 against. The money will help the nursing home pay bills and remain open. Census has been down since COVID and inflation has hit the home hard.
In statewide races, Scott County Republicans followed the state trend in most races.
For U.S. Senator, Peggy Hubbard carried Scott with 257 votes, Robert Bobby Piton received 119 and Kathy Salvi with 105 were the only candidates with more than 100 votes.
For Governor, Bailey/Russell, won with 681 votes, defeated Sulllivan/Murphy with 146 and Irvine/Bourne with 119. Three other candidates received less than100 votes and there was one write-in.
For attorney general, Thomas G. DeVore received 358 votes, compared to Steve Kim’s 296 and David Shestokas’ 135. DeVore became a popular name in the state when he challenged the mask mandate in schools last year.
For secretary of state, Dan Bracy had 581 votes and John Milhiser, 234.
Shanno L. Teresi was unopposed for comptroller as was Tom Demmer for treasurer.
The race for representative in the15 district saw Mary Miller with 523 votes compared to Rodney Davis’s 448.
Jil Tracy was unopposed in the race for state senator and C.D.Davidsmeyer had no competition for representative in the 100th district.
On the Democratic side of the ballot, incumbent J.B.Pritzker won easily with a 91-21 win over Miles/Shaw.
There was no race in the attorney general’s race meaning Kwame Raoul will face DeVore in November.
For Secretary of State, Alexi Giannoulias collected 58 votes and no other candidate topped 20.
Susana A. Mendosa as comptroller, Michael Frerichs, treasurer and Paul Lange as representative in the 15th district were unopposed.