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Donna Lankford of Wood River checks in at the Wood River Masonic Temple at Fourth and Lorena. Donna Jacob of Rosewood Heights and Al Hosto of Granite City helped Lankford obtain her ballot. Polling locations are open from 6: a.m. to 7 p.m.
Incumbent Madison County Recorder Amy Meyer defeated challenger Shannon Bradford in Tuesday’s Democratic primary contest.
Meyer garnered 18,453 votes to Bradford’s 10,973, a 62 percent to 38 percent margin. In the run-up to the election, Bradford criticized Meyer for working as a lawyer while drawing a salary as recorder and questioned expenses in Meyer’s office. But those salvos apparently didn’t resonate with voters. Bradford, a 33-year-old attorney, wrote on her Facebook page that Meyers “ran a tough campaign — she succeeded in unifying her supporters, and that success deserves our respect. I now know firsthand how difficult campaigns can be.
“While Amy and I disagree on some things, we are both members of the Democratic Party, and I look forward to hearing her ideas about how we can work together to grow and strengthen our Party,” Bradford wrote. “I look forward to supporting and working for our entire slate of Democratic candidates as we move on toward November.”
Madison County Board
District 2: Collinsville School District bus driver Donald A. Moore, 58, of Troy, defeated incumbent Republican Roger B. Alons, 879-563 votes, in a Republican contest.
District 3: Retired federal chaplain Philip W. Chapman, 63, of Highland, defeated Rodney Dustmann and incumbent William “Bill” Meyer of Hamel in the District 3 Republican race. Chapman received 898 votes to Meyer’s 805 and Dustmann’s 199.
District 6: Raymond E. Wesley defeated David Baker in the Republican race for a two-year seat by 734 to 562 votes.
District 19: Granite City Police Sgt. Michael Parkinson, 45, defeated retired educator Harry A. Briggs, 68, in the Democratic race by 1,026 votes to 572 .
Cottage Hills Fire Protection District tax increase
Voters rejected a proposition to increase the tax rate limit from 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent that would have provided $12,500 per year for the fire district. Voters approved a proposition to add an 0.05 percent tax levy to generate $6,000 per year for operating expenses.
The vote tally was 236 to 119 in favor of the levy question and 207 to 142 against the rate proposal.