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.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.