In the race for St. Clair County Board chairman, three-term incumbent Mark Kern, a Democrat, held a roughly 7,800-vote lead over Republican challenger Rodger Cook, as of midnight Wednesday.
This is the second time Kern and Cook have faced each other in an election. Kern defeated Cook in the 1997 Belleville mayoral race.
With 209 out of 216 precincts reporting:
Kern: 60,635 votes
Cook: 52,836 votes
There are 191 precincts under the jurisdiction of the St. Clair County Clerk’s office; 25 precincts under the East St. Louis Board of Elections Commissioners. Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by Tuesday that have yet to arrive still need to be counted.
Kern, 52, who is seeking a fourth term, mostly self-funded his campaign, has pushed his message of area infrastructure and levee upgrades, and the importance of MidAmerica Airport to Scott Air Force Base.
Cook, a member of the St. Clair County Freedom Coalition, had called for increased law enforcement and touted his record as Belleville mayor for one term.
Also on the ballot in St. Clair County
St. Clair County Coroner’s race:
Democrat Calvin Dye Sr.: 63,285 votes
Republican Carl Officer: 48,055 votes
St. Clair County Circuit Clerk race:
Democratic incumbent Kahalah Clay: 56,874
Republican, and Belleville City Clerk, Dallas Cook: 55,168
St. Clair County Auditor race:
Democratic incumbent Patty Sprague: 51,912
Republican, and former Cahokia mayor, Gary Cornwell: 50,119
St. Clair County Recorder’s race:
Longtime incumbent Michael T. Costello, a Democrat: 52,831
Republican Amanda Ruocco, who has never held elected office before: 49,735
St. Clair County Board of Review
Democrat Angela Grossman-Roewe: 49,732
Republican Ed Cockrell: 51,998
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly also was on the ballot for another term as the county’s top prosecutor. He was unopposed.
St. Clair County Board races
County Board Members Lonnie Mosley in District 5, Roy Mosley, Jr. in District 6, both Democrats, and John West, a Republican, in District 15 were unopposed in their re-election bids.
Republican Bryan Bingel was unopposed in his bid to become the District 7 County Board member.
Democrats Ken Easterley, in District 8, and Carol Clark in District 29, both faced write-in challenges, but held large leads as vote totals came in on Tuesday.
Joan McIntosh, Democrat: 967
Elton Thomas, Republican: 163
S. Gene Rhoden, Democrat: 1,415
Nick Miller, Republican: 2,466
C. Richard Vernier, Democrat: 2,450
LaKeisha D. Coleman, Republican: 1,285
Dixie Seibert, Democrat: 2,149
Lester Byrd, Republican: 1,636
Jerry Dinges, Democrat: 2,047
Nicholas Joseph Wiesbrock, Republican: 1,375
Bob Trentman, Democrat: 2,625
Mark Alan Kern, Republican: 1,212
June Chartrand, Democrat: 865
David Langford, Republican: 575
Steven Gomric, Democrat: 2,380
Ryan Stookey, Republican: 2,011
Jana Armstrong Moll, Democrat: 1,194
C. David Tiedemann, Republican: 1,385
Mike Baker, Democrat: 1,575
Kevin Dawson, Republican: 2,899
Kirk Caponi, Democrat: 2,014
Michael O’Donnell, Republican: 3,080
Marty Crawford, Democrat: 2,169
Jason Madlock, Republican: 698
James Haywood, Democrat: 2,276
Ron Gerlach, Republican: 729
Scott Tieman, Democrat: 2,042
David Raynaud, Republican: 1,805