* Local Democrats weren’t just successful this year in Champaign County. The Will County Board flipped…
Riding the wave that thrust many Democrats and women to victory throughout the state Tuesday night, were Will County Democrats who appear to have won just enough seats on the county board to gain a 14-12 majority.
They also apparently claimed all county-wide seats and two judgeships, according to unofficial results.
It is the first time that Democrats controlled all county-wide seats, board leadership said.
Going into Tuesday’s election, Republicans held a 16-10 majority on the board, and had Nancy Schultz Voots as clerk, and Steve Weber as treasurer.
* From Bill Morgan…
Just wanted to send you a few details about Will County’s election night results. I’m a Democratic PC and on the county party executive board here. Our new chair, Bill Thoman, is working hard to rebuild the county party, focusing on winning races rather than petty squabbles, and it paid out dividends this cycle.
On Tuesday night, the Democrats swept the countywide seats. That includes electing Lauren Staley-Ferry to the county clerk spot, a position that hasn’t been held by a Democrat in 80 years.
The Democrats also took the county board from the Republicans (now 14-12), including a win by Amanda Koch, a hardworking and thoughtful veteran of the armed forces, in a very Republican district.
The Democrats also swept the two judicial races, making the court an even split between the parties for the first time in decades.
A lot of the credit goes to Thoman, who had a collaborative mindset and was committed to working with labor, progressive groups, and state legislators, especially Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Natalie Manley, and Larry Walsh Jr, who were intensely focused on building the party and creating a “rising tide lifts all boats” mindset.
Hope things are going well with you and you might take a nap one of these days. On to the transition!
* The Lake County Board also flipped…
blue wave swept Lake County on Election Day, but Wednesday found some races still too close to call, including those for sheriff and some County Board seats — though if Tuesday’s unofficial results hold up, Democrats would have a majority on the board, with 11 members to 10 Republican members.
With provisional and late-arriving mail-in votes still to be counted, the election results won’t be official for 14 days, according to County Clerk Carla Wyckoff.
She added there were about 1,000 provisional ballots to be reviewed, and those, along with any mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, will be added to Tuesday’s totals all at once at the end of the 14-day period.
This year, according to the clerk’s office, 46,000 mail-in ballots were sent to voters and 34,000 have been returned. During the midterm election in 2014, 34,460 ballots were sent out and 26,733 were returned in time to be counted, Wyckoff said.
Republican Sheriff Mark Curran is currently ahead by 754 votes and his Democratic opponent isn’t conceding.
Aside from individual candidates’ messages, the Democrats’ success appears to be a combination of several factors: trickle-down from higher-level races where the party succeeded, crossover voters, state party support, voters’ disenchantment with the status quo, and Republican board candidates being lumped in as part of a “corrupt” system because of an ethics probe involving former board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.
“There were people who said, ‘This is the first time I voted for a Democrat in my life,’” said Holly Kim, a former Mundelein village trustee who defeated incumbent Treasurer David Stolman. “Everyone has a different reason.”
* Things were more complicated in the Metro East’s Madison County…
The GOP managed to keep a slim hold of their majority on the board with 15 seats versus 14 Democratic seats. The Republicans previously held 15 seats with one Independent seat and 13 Democratic seats. […]
(I)ncumbent Republican James Futrell of Alton lost his District 13 seat to Democrat Matthew King, who won with 51 percent of the vote.
Democrats also gained a seat when Robert Pollard, formerly an Independent, ran uncontested as a Democrat in Tuesday’s elections. […]
In a change for the mostly Democratic Granite City area, longtime Democratic board member Arthur Asadorian lost his seat to Republican newcomer John “Eric” Foster. […]
It was a mixed bag in countywide elections with incumbent Democratic County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza defeating Stephen Adler with 53 percent of the vote. Republican incumbent Treasurer Chris Slusser kept his seat, too, with 55 percent of the vote.
That county was once a Democratic bastion.
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