Democrats won the races for two state representative seats Tuesday night, while Republicans took 8 of 12 Madison County Board races.
In the race for Illinois Representative District 111, which covers parts of Alton, Godfrey, Wood River, Bethalto, Granite City and other municipalities, Democratic state Rep. Dan Beiser defeated Republican Mike Babcock by 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent.
Beiser, a former Alton alderman and city treasurer, has held the seat since 2004. He campaigned on his accomplishments in medical malpractice insurance system; job creation; education funding; workers’ compensation reforms; the fight against methamphetamine and sex offenders; and protecting Social Security.
Babcock has served as Wood River Township supervisor for the past seven years and previously sat on the Bethalto Police Pension Board. The Babcock and Associates insurance firm owner highlighted property tax reform, a “crumbling” education system and common sense reforms in workers’ compensation as some of the major tenets of his platform.
Democratic challenger Katie Stuart defeated Republican incumbent Dwight Kay, 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent, in Illinois Representative District 112, which includes Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Collinsville.
Kay has been the 112th District representative since 2010. The Glen Carbon resident worked his way from the mail room to vice president of Cassens Transport, serving as the company’s VP since 1995.
Stuart, a math instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, touted her status as a non-politician. She identified increased funding for downstate schools as among the issues important to her. Addressing the state’s budget crisis, opposing tax increases on the state’s middle class and making it more difficult for lawmakers to raise their own salaries are also topics on her agenda.
In County Board election results:
District 2: Republican Donald A. Moore defeated independent Tyler Oberkfell, both of Troy, 2,495 votes to 2,334.
District 3: Republican Philip W. Chapman defeated independent Chris Durbin, both of Highland, 2,914 to 2,348.
District 4: Republican David W. Michael of Highland defeated incumbent Democrat Kelly Tracy of Marine, 2,594 to 2,442.
District 6: Republican Raymond E. Wesley of Alton defeated Democrat Brad Beck of Godfrey, 2,625 to 1,788.
District 13: Republican James Futrell defeated Democrat Greg M. McCalley, both of East Alton, 1,988 to 1,950.
District 15: Republican Chris Slusser of Wood River defeated Democratic incumbent William “Bill” Robertson of Hartford, 2,125 to 1,558
District 17: Democratic incumbent Ann Gorman defeated Republican Bob Hulme, both of Edwardsville, 2,736 to 1,587.
District 18: Democratic incumbent Jack Minner defeated Republican Fred Schulte, both of Edwardsville, 2,608 to 2,154.
District 19: Democrat Michael Charles Parkinson defeated Republican Kathleen “Kathy” Goclan, both of Granite City, 2,352 to 1,950.
District 26: Republican Erica Conway Harriss defeated Democrat Ross Breckenridge, both of Edwardsville, 2,564 to 2,145.
District 27: Republican Clint Jones defeated Democratic incumbent M. Joe Semanisin, both of Maryville, 2,573 to 2,077.
District 28: Democratic incumbent Elizabeth “Liz” Dalton defeated Republican Harold Lee Wathan Jr., both of Collinsville, 2,212 to 1,566.