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Watson wins St. Clair County sheriff election over Republican challenger

Election 2018: Watson, Gailius running for St. Clair County sheriff

Former Fairview Heights Police Chief Nick Gailius is challenging Incumbent Sheriff Rick Watson during the 2018 election.
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Former Fairview Heights Police Chief Nick Gailius is challenging Incumbent Sheriff Rick Watson during the 2018 election.

Unofficial election results show incumbent Democrat Rick Watson won the race for St. Clair County Sheriff against Republican Nick Gailius on Tuesday night.

St. Clair County voters cast 55,060 votes for Watson and 41,401 votes for Gailius with all precincts reporting.

The result follows an at times problematic campaign for Watson — complaints about Watson’s pension surfaced, he endured a campaign gaffe involving a mailer, and a county worker resigned after it became clear she was doing campaign work for Watson on county time.

The St. Clair County Clerk posted early numbers shortly before 10 p.m. The East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners reported 25 of 25 precincts shortly after 9 p.m.

There were 11 incumbent County Board members seeking to keep their seats, while three seats were up for grabs in contested elections between Republican and Democratic candidates.

Democrats kept their majority with the GOP losing one seat. Democrats kept at least 20 seats and Republicans kept eight seats. Republicans previously had nine seats on the board.

In District 21, Bert “Dean” Pruett (R-Freeburg) took the seat from incumbent Frank “F.X.” Heiligenstein (D-Freeburg) with 51 percent of the vote.

In District 23, incumbent Fred Boch (R-O’Fallon) lost his seat to Richie Meile (D-O’Fallon), who garnered 52 percent of the vote.

The races for County Clerk, Treasurer and Board of Review were also contested.

St. Clair County saw 52 percent voter turnout.

Here are the unofficial results for St. Clair County.

St. Clair County Clerk

Thomas “Tom” Holbrook * (D-Swansea): 57,268

Duane Henson (R-East Carondelet): 39,010

215 of 215 precincts reporting

St. Clair County Treasurer

Andrew Lopinot (D-O’Fallon): 53,664

Philip Kammann (R-Belleville): 41,624

215 of 215 precincts reporting

St. Clair County Board of Review

Michael Crockett Jr. * (D-Millstadt): 52,199

Phillip “Phil” Henning (R-Smithton): 42,770

215 of 215 precincts reporting

St. Clair County Assessor

Jennifer Gomric Minton (D-Belleville): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 1

Robert Allen Jr. * (D-Fairmont City): 1,560

C. Catherine Demers (R-Collinsville): 824

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 3

Willie “Leavell” Dancy * (D-East St. Louis): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 7

Melinda “Mindy” Schneidewind (D-Marissa): 1,044

Ed Cockrell (R-New Athens): 2,794

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 8

Ken Easterley * (D-Belleville): 2,297

Deborah Brennan (R-Belleville): 1,385

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 10

Paul Seibert * (D-Belleville): 1,806

Cindi McDonald (R-Belleville): 1,321

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 11

Jerry Dinges * (D-Belleville): 1,709

Nicholas Wiesbrock (R-Belleville): 1,147

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 12

Susan Gruberman * (D-Belleville): 1,885

Kevin Wallace (R-Belleville): 1,314

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 13

Cheryl Newsome (D-Belleville): 2,285

Steve Reeb * (R-Shiloh): 2,681

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 14

Bob Trentman * (D-Belleville): 2,301

Albert Meints Hampton (R-Swansea): 988

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 17

Steve Gomric * (D-Belleville): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 18

Matthew Smallheer (R-O’Fallon): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 19

Jana Armstrong Moll (D-Belleville): 1,158

Daniel Weidenbenner (R-Shiloh): 1,069

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 20

Donna Cameron (D-Mascoutah): 1,070

Kevin Dawson * (R-Mascoutah): 2,718

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 21

Frank “F.X.” Heiligenstein * (D-Freeburg): 1,954

Bert “Dean” Pruett (R-Freeburg): 2,167

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 22

Michael O’Donnell * (R-Millstadt): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 23

Richie Meile (D-O’Fallon): 2,044

Fred Boch * (R-O’Fallon): 1,768

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 26

Scott Tieman * (D-Belleville): Uncontested

St. Clair County Board District 27

Kenneth Sharkey * (D-Fairview Heights): 2,176

Matthew Stirrup (R-Fairview Heights): 1,159

All precincts reporting.

St. Clair County Board District 28

Scott Greenwald (D-Fairview Heights): 2,357

Kurt Schutz (R-Fairview Heights): 1,707

All precincts reporting.

*Incumbent

Reporter Kelsey Landis: 618-239-2110, @kelseylandis
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