Unofficial numbers show Paxton resident Krisha Shoemaker is the winner of the Ford County Treasurer’s contest in Tuesday’s election. Shoemaker defeated Kasi Schwarz of Roberts for the Republican nomination.
The county’s 22 precincts having reported show the margin of victory at 976-806 with some write-in ballots yet to be counted.
Shoemaker will succeed Judy Hastings of Paxton, who was appointed to the position of interim treasurer last December following the retirement of Penny Stevens. Hastings is serving as treasurer until Nov. 30, when Shoemaker takes office.
Seven new names will represent the Iroquois County Board, while two incumbents were defeated in the Illinois Primary Election Tuesday.
A new county Treasurer will also be seated following the November General Election.
Each of the four county board districts offered voters a contested-election. And each district will be represented by a new face.
Just over 26% of the registered voters in the county cast a ballot.
Kurt Albers defeated Christy Fink for the Treasurer’s office, being vacated by Mindy Kuntz-Hagan. Albers will face Democrat write-in candidate Bill Nutter in November. Nutter garnered well over the required 14 write-in votes to qualify the General Election.
Albers collected 2064 votes to 1568 for Fink.
The top four vote-getters in County Board District 1 were Lyle Behrends (663), Paul Ducat (560) and Leanne Hofbauer-Duby (508).
District 2 winners were John Shure (539), Steve Huse (498) and Dan Pursley (358).
Joe Young (817), Donna Crow (735) and Paul Bowers (616) were winners in District 3.
Two newcomers also won in District 4...John Zumwalt (677) and Roger Bard(470).
Congressman Adam Kinzinger also won in Iroquois County over James Marter for the 16th District seat.
County Clerk Lisa Fancher and Sheriff Derek Hagen were un-contested winners. So was Senator Jason Barickman and Rep. Tom Bennett.
Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran is warning motorists that his deputies will be on the lookout for speed violators and distracted drivers. The sheriff says area roadways have become dangerous and he's very concerned about the number of fatal crashes in and around the Ford County area so far this year. Sheriff Doran wants drivers to protect themselves, their families and others by slowing down and avoid distracted driving.
Ford County deputies will be spending more time on traffic enforcement, targeting excessive speed and distracted drivers. The sheriff said it's not intended to be a money-making venture but instead a life-saving effort to keep people's eyes on the road and slow them down.