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By Caitlin R. King
The 2022 general primary election was held on Tuesday, June 28, this year. Primaries are typically held in March, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed Illinois census results to redraw district maps. Despite the delay, Calhoun County voters still came out to the polls to exercise their civic duty. A number of local offices were on the ballot this year.
Current State’s Attorney Keisha Morris won the Democratic nomination with 58.8 percent, beating Stephen Friedel’s 39 percent. Lucas Fanning won the Republican party’s nomination, unopposed.
Long time sheriff, William “Bill” Heffington, announced his retirement this year. Running to replace him will be Republican Mark S. Marshall II and Democrat Jeffery Herkert, both of whom ran unopposed in their primary.
The Calhoun County Commission has two seats up on the ballot. Democratic incumbent Terry J. Woelfel ran unopposed for his party’s nomination, as did Republican Patrick Simon.
Incumbent County Treasurer, Lisa R. Roth, the Democratic nominee, is running unopposed.
Current County Clerk Rita Hagen elected to not run for reelection this year. Democrat Amy Friedel secured the Democratic nomination and is running unopposed.
Five candidates were elected to precinct committeeperson positions across five of the county’s seven precincts.
■ Terry J. Woelfel (D) – Crater-Carlin Precinct
■ Keith Klocke (D) – Richwood Precinct
■ Paul T. “Snow” Herkert (D) – Hardin Precinct
■ Christina Behrens (D) – Hamburg Precinct
■ Patrick Simon (R) – Point Precinct
More information about the June 28 election results can be found at the Calhoun County Clerk’s office, which can be reached at 618-576-9700 ext. 2, or online at www.platinumelectionresults.com.
The General Election date was unaffected by the aforementioned delays and will take place the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year, it falls on Nov. 8.