CAMBRIDGE -- Republican Jackie Oberg beat her challenger to win the election for Henry County Circuit Clerk.
"It's exciting," she said. "It just seems unreal. We've worked really hard for this day to come. I've had a lot of support, a lot of people behind me."
Democratic contender David Guzzardo said it had been a good run and he didn't have regrets. He said when he was on the county board in the 1970s he thought there had never been a Democrat serving the county as circuit clerk, and none since then either.
"She obviously did a lot better than I did," he said. "Obviously I'm disappointed, but it was a fun experience. I'm glad I did it."
The circuit clerk's office oversees court scheduling, runs the courts, puts out warrants issued by judges and takes in all kinds of court payments including restitution, fines and support payments.
Ms. Oberg, of Kewanee, ran a campaign based on her familiarity with almost all aspects of the job and her positive relationship with the remaining staff in the circuit clerk's office. Shehas worked in the circuit clerk's office in Henry County for 15 years including for three years in Cambridge. The rest of her experience was in the Kewanee court.
Mr. Guzzardo worked for the Illinois Secretary of State driver's license facility in Kewanee for 30 years, retiring in 2010.
In uncontested countywide races, incumbent state's attorney Terry Patton got 18,809 votes and incumbert coroner David Johnson got 19,224. Both are Republicans.
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