Photo by Andrew Richards
From left, Dale and Marilyn Miller and John Drueke cast their ballots at the N.O. Nelson Building in Edwardsville.
Challenger John Lakin defeated longtime incumbent Sheriff Robert Hertz in Tuesday's Madison County Democratic primary for sheriff, and voters rejected an $18.8 million bond issue to fund County Jail renovations.
With all precincts counted, Lakin beat Hertz by an unofficial tally of 7,929 to 4,401. The jail bonds issue lost 16,276 to 8,092.
Lakin, 54, devoted 23 years of his life to the sheriff’s department – nine of those serving under Hertz. Lakin is serving as Glen Carbon’s police chief after he was appointed in 2011.
Hertz, a 42-year veteran of the department, started at age 22 as a uniformed deputy sheriff in the patrol division.
Two years later, Hertz moved to serve as a detective in the investigative division, and in 1983 became chief deputy under Sheriff Emil Toffant.
Hertz became chief of detectives under former Sheriff Bob Churchich in 1986 and in 1987 ran the county jail as superintendent.
He rose through the ranks to become major, and eventually served as chief deputy for Churchich before being elected to the sheriff seat in 2002.
Hertz ran unopposed in that election and again in 2006. He defeated Bob Hulme, a retired state trooper, in 2010 with 56 percent of the vote.
In the lone contested Madison County Board race, incumbent Brad Maxwell defeated former State’s Attorney Don Weber in the District 11 Republican primary by a tally of 399 to 276.
In the Staunton School District, voters rejected 342-172 a proposition to increase the limiting rate by 1 percent under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. The tax caps law, or PTELL, limits property tax extensions to the lesser of 5 percent or the increase in the national Consumer Price Index for the year preceding the levy year. Voters can approve an increase for taxing bodies.
Wayne Schell defeated Don Walsh Jr. in the Democratic County Board primary for a four-year term on District 1 by 207-93. In the Republican primary for District 1, Kenny Grizzle defeated Jarrod Hayes 183-126.
In the Republican sheriff's race, Ray Sinclair defeated J.T. "Terry" Day 779-734.
The Grafton electrical aggregation issue won by a 79-37 margin. Under state law, local governments can negotiate the price of power from a supplier other than the traditional utility in an effort to reduce bills. The utility is still responsible for power delivery and billing, and residents can opt out of the program. Grafton residents also will be able to attend two public hearings on the issue.
Voters also approved a Medora Fire Protection District annexation question, 98-37.
In the Republican gubernatorial primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner defeated three challengers to face Gov. Pat Quinn in the Nov. 4 general election, according to published reports.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, won the Republican primary for the 13th District congressional seat. His opponent in the general election will be former Madison County Judge Ann E. Callis, who defeated two candidates in the Democratic primary.